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MPs and MSPs support deportation-threatened fraud trader

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Media captionDeportation process 'is racism' says Kweku Adoboli

Politicians from all parties have put their names to a campaign to stop the deportation of former trader Kweku Adoboli.

The ex-UBS banker - who was convicted of a £1.4bn fraud in 2012 - is currently being held at Dungavel detention centre in South Lanarkshire.

The Home Office is planning to deport Mr Adoboli, who had been staying in Livingston prior to his detention.

Nearly 100 MPs and 18 MSPs have signed a letter opposing his deportation.

'Positive contribution'

The open letter, to Home Secretary Sajid Javid, from Livingston MP Hannah Bardell has also been copied to the Prime Minister Theresa May.

Those backing Mr Adoboli include Keith Vaz, Harriet Harman, Mhairi Black and Kezia Dugdale.

Ms Bardell's letter said: "If Mr Adoboli were deported, he will be removed from the country he has called home since the age of 12, taken away from the close relationships he has formed here and returned to a country he has not lived in from the age of four and lacks familiarity with."

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Image caption Hannah Bardell's letter puts Mr Adoboli's case forward

She continued: "The recent comment by former home secretary, Amber Rudd MP, that 'the Home Office has become too concerned with policy and strategy and sometimes loses sight of the individual is apt in this case and we are sure no one in the Cabinet wishes to have another 'Windrush Generation' scandal on their hands anytime soon."

Stating Mr Adoboli's case the MP said: "Having served his custodial sentence, he is using his experiences and expertise to make a highly positive contribution to society. He has undertaken extensive work to improve governance and compliance in the finance industry with the Universities of Edinburgh, Stirling and Liverpool and the Financial Times."

Released from prison

Kweku Adoboli was detained when attending a monthly check-in at Livingston police station nine days ago.

It is believed the Home Office indicated its intention to deport him to Ghana on or soon after 10 September.

Mr Adoboli was released from prison in 2015 after serving four years of a seven-year sentence for the £1.4bn fraud at Swiss bank UBS.

Image caption Hannah Bardell said Mr Adoboli was making a highly positive contribution to society

Foreign nationals sentenced to more than four years are automatically considered for deportation.

But in an interview with the BBC the weeks before his detention, Mr Adoboli accused UK authorities of racism.

Mr Adoboli is Ghanaian, but has lived in the UK since the age of 12.

"The fact that I was born in a different country and have different-coloured skin became part of the labelling process," he told BBC Scotland's business editor Douglas Fraser.

"It was no longer, Kweku Adoboli who went to Yorkshire at the age of 12, became head boy of his school, went to Nottingham University, contributed to the students' union, became campus brand ambassador for UBS, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. It was 'Ghanaian-born rogue trader Adoboli'.

"This ostracisation process? That is racism. The deportation process that now follows? That is racism."

A Home Office spokesperson told the BBC that while the UK government did not comment on specific cases, "all foreign nationals who are given a custodial sentence will be considered for removal."

"Foreign nationals who abuse our hospitality by committing crimes in the UK should be in no doubt of our determination to deport them," the spokesperson added.

"We have removed more than 42,800 foreign offenders since 2010."

The politicians supporting the former trader argue that he poses no threat to the country and is helping others understand the systemic risk still posed by the financial sector.

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