UK News Migrant jailed after being spotted steering two dinghies across Channel

19:35  21 january  2021
19:35  21 january  2021 Source:   msn.com

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A migrant fleeing persecution in Iran, who was picked up by Border Force in the English Channel, has been jailed and faces possible deportation.

a group of people on a boat in a large body of water: A small boat is towed by a Border Force vessel (Gareth Fuller/PA) © Gareth Fuller A small boat is towed by a Border Force vessel (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Fouad Kakaei was spotted at sea piloting dinghies headed for the UK on two occasions in 2019.

A judge on Thursday accepted he had a “well-founded fear of persecution” in his home country and was exploited, but said he nonetheless played a “significant role” by steering the boats.

a man looking at the camera: Fouad Kakaei was jailed for two years and two months (Home Office/PA) © Provided by PA Media Fouad Kakaei was jailed for two years and two months (Home Office/PA)

Kakaei, 30, appeared at Canterbury Crown Court by videolink after pleading guilty to two charges of assisting unlawful immigration.

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A Sudanese man has been jailed for smuggling himself and nine other migrants into the UK in a dinghy . Altaib Mobarak, 43, steered the boat across the English Channel He was given a two -year sentence at Canterbury Crown Court after pleading guilty to assisting unlawful entry into the country.

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The first relates to a crossing in July 2019 when Kakaei and 26 others were rescued from a packed dinghy and brought to Dover, Kent.

Prosecutor Simon Taylor told the court: “When he was searched the defendant was found to have £210 in sterling upon him along with a Samsung mobile telephone.”

In interview, Kakaei said that he and others took turns piloting the dinghy during the journey across the Dover Strait.

Following their arrival at the port, all but Kakaei claimed asylum and he agreed to return to Denmark where he had previously lodged an unsuccessful asylum claim.

In December the same year, Kakaei was spotted in another dinghy together with 10 others headed for Britain.

All aboard, including Kakaei, claimed asylum upon reaching UK shores, the court heard.

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The prosecutor said: “He accepted that he had piloted the boat.

“He said he did so because nobody else could do it. He said the engine was problematic and he didn’t wish to die at sea.

“He explained that he had learned to pilot boats when he had piloted a boat from Turkey to Greece in 2015 with over 50 people on board.”

Aneurin Brewer, defending, said Kakaei had no financial motive for either offence and paid for his journey along with all the others.

a man riding on the back of a boat in a body of water: Border Force officers assist migrants after they were stopped as they crossed The Channel (Gareth Fuller/PA) © Provided by PA Media Border Force officers assist migrants after they were stopped as they crossed The Channel (Gareth Fuller/PA)

He added: “Many of the other migrants on board agreed to assist with piloting the boat… (he) was merely unfortunate enough to be the one left holding the tiller when the boat was interdicted

“He was not responsible for setting up or arranging these crossings… and so he is not responsible for the overloading of these vessels”.

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Refugees and migrants began entering the United Kingdom by crossing the English Channel in boats in November 2018. They arrived in small boats and while some slip into the Britain unnoticed

The Iranian national was found guilty of helping migrants cross the English Channel in dinghies . A French court has sentenced an imam to two years in prison for helping migrants try to cross the He was given nine months in jail and was banned from visiting Nord and Pas-de-Calais for three years.

When asked why Kakaei did not claim asylum in France, Mr Brewer said his understanding of asylum law in the EU was limited.

Sentencing Kakaei, judge Mark Weekes said: “The boats on both occasions were totally unsuitable for such crossings they were overloaded and they were on one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

“While I do not doubt that to an extent you were exploited by others as all in your situation are however I do not accept that ultimately you didn’t want to get in to the boat or that any form of duress applies in your situation,” he added.

Kakaei was jailed for two years and two months, much of which he has already spent on remand.

He was told that after serving his sentence he will likely face deportation from the UK.

Following the sentencing, the Home Office’s Clandestine Channel Threat Commander Dan O’Mahoney said Kakaei’s actions “risked lives” and the prosecution “put a stop to that cycle of criminality”.

He added: “This case is an excellent example of how evidence gathered in the course of our Channel operations has helped bring a dangerous offender to justice.”

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