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 UK: Kurdish asylum seeker who killed girl in hit and run 'should be deported', says immigration minister  

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UK: Kurdish asylum seeker who killed girl in hit and run 'should be deported', says immigration minister  19.1.2011  
By Jaya Narain, Daily Mail 

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January 19, 2011

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 children here.

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 Britain.

Last night Mr Houston, an engineer from Blackburn, Lancashire, said:   

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. Photo: dailymail.co.uk

''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 Rights.

He stated that pledge in a letter to Mr Houston, written last January when he was still Leader of the Opposition.

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 kicked out.

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 heard.

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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