Appeal after asylum killer avoids deportation

The UK Border Agency will appeal against a tribunal ruling preventing the deportation of a failed asylum seeker who killed a 12-year-old girl in a hit-and-run driving incident, Immigration Minister Damian Green has confirmed.

Mr Green's announcement that the Government would renew efforts to remove Iraqi Kurd Aso Mohammed Ibrahim from the UK came after the Prime Minister expressed "great anger" over the case.

"We are extremely disappointed at the tribunal's decision and are appealing," Mr Green said in a statement issued by the Home Office.

"He was convicted of committing an offence that led to the tragic death of a 12-year-old child and it is our view that he should be removed."

Mr Cameron said he hoped for a successful appeal against the ruling by the Upper Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber.

Ibrahim was told on Thursday that he can stay in the UK despite his conviction for driving while disqualified and failing to stop after the accident - which led to the death of Amy Houston – because he has subsequently had children in this country.

Ibrahim, 33, left Amy dying under the wheels of his car in Blackburn, Lancashire, in 2003 while already banned from driving.

He was jailed for four months but allowed to remain in the UK on his release, despite having a string of criminal convictions.

Mr Cameron said Iraq should not be seen as a country to which it is too dangerous to deport people.

"Britain has spent billions of pounds and lost many, many very good people – some killed, some wounded – to make Iraq a safer, more stable country," the Prime Minister added.

"We should not be in a position where, having done all these things, we are simply told it is not possible to return a person there."