Visa case man Nusret Bora 'is convicted killer'

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Media captionNusret Bora, 53, was injured in an attack in 2011, but his British wife Eileen has now admitted she did not tell officials he was jailed for 15 years.

A brain damaged Turkish man who won the right to apply to live in the UK is a convicted killer, the BBC has learnt.

Nusret Bora, 53, was injured in an attack in 2011 but his British wife's application to bring him to the UK was refused as she did not earn enough.

The Home Office decision was overturned on appeal in October but Eileen Bora has now admitted she did not tell officials he was jailed for 15 years.

A Home Office spokeswoman said it would refuse any new visa request.

Bora won his case in October but is currently in Turkey.

The Home Office spokeswoman said: "We do not comment on individual cases.

"However, if an applicant has failed to declare criminal offences on their visa application form or they have a conviction resulting in more than four years in prison, their visa will be refused."

Mrs Bora, from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, married Nusret in Turkey in 2003, but he suffered physical and mental injuries in an attack in the country in October 2011.

She wanted to bring him to the UK to give him a better chance of recovery but new Home Office rules, which came into effect in July 2012, meant he was no longer eligible.

'Brawl stabbing'

An appeal tribunal found the Home Office had acted disproportionally and affected the couple's right to a family life, and allowed the appeal on human rights grounds.

Image caption Nusret Bora was left disabled and brain damaged in the brutal attack

BBC South East was later told that Mr Bora was jailed in 1986 for killing someone.

When Mrs Bora was questioned about her husband's criminal past, she replied: "We were told that because it had been served, there was no need to mention it."

She said he told her he was jailed for 15 years for stabbing a man to death during a brawl.

Turkish newspapers reported at the time that he killed a mother and her four-year-old child in the 1980s.

The Turkish Ministry of Justice has not yet confirmed the details of Mr Bora's conviction.

A spokeswoman for the Home Office said Mrs Bora would not face any action for her failure to declare her husband's previous convictions.

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