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'Rogue trader' Kweku Adoboli faces deportation to Ghana

FACING DEPORTATION: Kweku Adoboli

A CITY trader found guilty of causing the biggest unauthorised trading loss in UK history while working as a trader for Swiss bank UBS resulting in the loss of £1.5 billion faces deportation to Ghana.

Kweku Adoboli, who, in 2012, was sentenced to seven years in prison and released after serving more than half of his sentence, is fighting to stay in the UK after an immigration tribunal ruled that he should be deported to his home country of Ghana.

Although the 35-year-old has lived in England for 23 years, he never sought British citizenship. He argued at a two-day London immigration tribunal in early September that his home was in the UK.

“All I want to do is the right thing to make amends for my failings, to build a path of certainty for the future, to help others learn from what I was asked to go away and learn,” he told the Financial Times. “It seems fair that every man should have the opportunity for redemption, to learn from his mistakes and to go home to his family, whoever he deems that family to be.”

After enrolling in a Quaker boarding school in Yorkshire in 1992, he attended university in Nottingham and began working for UBS after graduation. Though his family lives in Ghana, he left the country as a four-year-old and spent much of his childhood in Jerusalem and the Middle East. He has close friends in Britain and is godfather to several of their children.

The Home Office seeks to deport any foreign national who has been sentenced to longer than four years except in “exceptional circumstances”

Government lawyers argued that he could use “modern methods of communication” to keep in touch with his friends in England if he returned to Ghana.

“On a personal level I have some sympathy with the appellant,” Judge Bartlett said in the ruling, handed down this week. “I am, however, required to apply the law as set out in the various authorities.”

Since his release from Maidstone prison four months ago, Mr Adoboli has been staying with friends in London and Edinburgh. He has been unable to look for a job because he does not have the right to work in the country because of the deportation proceedings, which were first served on him in July last year.

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