UK: Kurdish asylum seeker who killed girl
in hit and run 'should be deported', says
By Jaya Narain, Daily Mail
LONDON, — The father of a girl left
dying in the road after being mown down by a failed
asylum seeker has been handed a major boost in his
bid to have him deported.
Aso Mohammed Ibrahim, An Iraqi Kurd, knocked down
Amy Houston, 12, and fled the scene leaving her
under the wheels of his car.
He was arrested and served four months in prison but
launched legal action to be allowed leave to remain
in the UK.
Last year his fight against deportation was
successful after he argued sending him home would
breach his right to a 'private and family life'
under the Human Rights Act as he had fathered two
But Amy's father, Paul Houston, 41, has continued to
campaign for Ibrahim to be deported claiming the Act
had become nothing more than a charter for thieves,
killers, terrorists and illegal immigrants.
Now he has been handed fresh hope after his campaign
was backed by immigration minister Damian Green.
In a letter to Mr Houston, the immigration minister
said: 'I agree that Mr Ibrahim should not be allowed
to remain in the United Kingdom.
'Mr Ibrahim was convicted of committing an offence
that led to the tragic death of Amy Houston and it
is my personal view that he should be removed.'
His support comes as it was announced the case was
set to go before the High Court in London.
The Home Office has granted UK Borders Agency bosses
permission to take the case to the Court of Appeal
in an attempt to overturn the Upper Immigration
Tribunal's decision to allow Ibrahim to stay in
Last night Mr Houston, an engineer from Blackburn,
Aso Mohammed Ibrahim (right), who ran away after
hitting Amy, could be deported after UK Immigration
Minister Damian Green, (left), backed the campaign
to kick him out. Photo: BBC, AFP/Getty Images.
Amy Houston, pictured with her father Paul, died in
2003 when she was hit by a car driven by illegal
immigrant Aso Mohammed Ibrahim. Paul Houston said he
would remember his daughter's death until his own.
''The pain of having to watch Amy
taking her final breath, dying a foot away from me
as I sat by her bedside holding her hand will stay
with me till the day I die.
'It is insulting the person that caused her death
was in this country illegally but escaped
deportation and was allowed to stay.
'That is has been a long
and hard road and I am so thankful for the support
and also the fact we could get an appeal.'
He said: 'After years of campaigning it is a
positive step and means there is still a chance that
justice will be done.
'If the Human Rights Act is about fairness then it
must have balance. Surely Amy had a right to life
under the Act.'
Last month David Cameron was accused of breaking a
personal pledge to scrap the Human Rights Act after
Ibrahim used the discredited law to stay in Britain.
In a pre-election pledge he said the Human Rights
Act would be replaced by a fairer British Bill of
He stated that pledge in a letter to Mr Houston,
written last January when he was still Leader of the
He wrote to Amy's father promising reforms saying a
new bill would ensure 'that rights are better
balanced against responsibilities.'
Ibrahim, 33, arrived in Britain hidden in the back
of a lorry in January 2001. His application for
asylum was refused and a subsequent appeal in
November 2002 failed,www.ekurd.netbut
he was never sent home.
Amy was killed in 2003 after she was hit by a Rover
driven by Ibrahim who then fled the scene leaving
the girl crying in pain under the wheels.
The Iraqi Kurd was jailed for just four months after
admitting driving while disqualified and failing to
stop after an accident.
Since his release from prison he has racked up a
string of criminal convictions, including more
driving offences, harassment and cautions for
burglary and theft.
But Ibrahim embarked on a relationship with
Christina Richardson and they had two children,
Harry, four, and Zara, three.
He was able to escape deportation from the UK by
using the Human Rights Act to successfully argue he
had a right to a family life.
The UK Border Agency launched a last-ditch appeal
against that decision in an attempt to have him
But at a hearing in Manchester in November
immigration judges, Deborah Taylor and Clive Lane,
rejected the appeal.
Now senior judge in the High Court will now review
case documents to determine whether an appeal can be
Mr Houston said: 'I'm hopeful we will be given an
appeal and we will finally be able to argue that Mr
Ibrahim should have been deported years ago.'
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