Immigration Officer Put Wife On Terrorist List To Get Rid Of Her

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    Immigration officer fired after putting wife on list of terrorists to stop her flying home
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    Sacked: The UK Border Agency official was fired for gross misconduct, having placed his wife's name on a list of people not allowed into Britain
    An immigration officer tried to rid himself of his wife by adding her name to a list of terrorist suspects.

    He used his access to security databases to include his wife on a watch list of people banned from boarding flights into Britain because their presence in the country is 'not conducive to the public good'.

    As a result the woman was unable for three years to return from Pakistan after travelling to the county to visit family.
    The tampering went undetected until the immigration officer was selected for promotion and his wife name was found on the suspects' list during a vetting inquiry.
    The Home Office confirmed today that the officer has been sacked for gross misconduct.

    The incident is likely to raise new questions over levels of efficiency in the UK Border Agency, the organisation formed nearly three years ago by then Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to take over all immigration controls.

    It has been criticised for poor performance by the Parliamentary Ombudsman and has suffered its share of humiliating incidents - for example the incident 19 months ago when an illegal immigrant escaped from the channel tunnel port at Folkestone by clinging to the underside of a bus carrying Border Agency staff.

    A spokesman said: 'We expect the highest levels of integrity. Allegations of misconduct are thoroughly investigated and we always take action swiftly where we find members of staff who have abused their position.
    'On the extremely rare occasions where this occurs, the strongest action is taken.'

    The officer in the latest incident to come to light was employed by a unit maintaining watch lists.
    He is understood to have worked at the Agency's headquarters at Lunar House in Croydon, South London.

    His wife visited family in Pakistan but when she tried to return to Britain she was not allowed onto the aircraft. Airline and immigration officials refused to explain to her why.
    She was forced to remain in Pakistan for three years until her husband's manipulation of the suspect list came to light.
    He is understood to have applied for a promotion that would have meant a higher level of security clearance.

    During the vetting process the name of his wife was discovered on the suspect list, to the surprise of security staff.
    When questioned, the officer confessed to his alteration of the lists and was sacked.
  2. HA HA HA Genius !!
  3. We should always be on guard for domestic terrorists!
  4. say this somewhere the other day, THREE years, I'm sorry this guys a legend
  5. I heard Jagman and Old Colonial are getting up a collection for him. :wink:
  6. i actully saw it somewhere the other day, not say it
  7. Pure, pure genius!
  8. thinking about it might be best she is on the list, good chance if allowed into the country she'd attack a crown employee
  9. Command_doh

    Command_doh LE Book Reviewer

    I read this last week I think. Put another spin on it though, if the git is dishonest enough to put his missus on the 'watch list', then whats to say he doesn't occassionaly delete a few GENUINE terrorist names because he either sympathises or with the cause or was paid to do so? It's all about integrity.

    If this was the Naafi I would have said good on him, shows creative thinking!
  10. Don't know the mechanics of the border agency, but would imagine that you could ADD a name, but it should (and hopefully is) a lot more difficult to remove a name. The guy is likely of Pakistani origin himself (given that his wife was visiting family there), so I trust they have looked into his records.
  11. Command_doh

    Command_doh LE Book Reviewer

    For sure. He was from the department that deals with these records, and with no small amount of responsibility. Given the sensitive nature of the post, amending records either way is something our friends at Thames House would be interested in.

    Then again, if he's just a guy fed up with his missus and being a ****, shouldn't take too long to figure out he hasn't got and Peshwari or Waziri terrorists in the family tree.
  12. How does he get to put a name onto a terrorist suspect database all on his own? Is there not some checks and balances, some verification before entering names, because after all, if they get it wrong it could ruin some innocent person's life.

    Lets face it. She is only coming off that list because he admitted to putting her on there for personal reasons. She would never be able to prove she wasn't a terrorist otherwise.

    He's lucky its only the sack. He should have been prosecuted as well.
  13. wibble! Sometimes I feel like sticking an axe through my missus' skull...doesnt mean that I want to rob a bank or molest little children though!

    The only real risk was that if discovered by anyone other than his bosses he may have left himself open for blackmail!
  14. This could be the makings of the best overseas stag do stitch-up ever...