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TERROR TWIST; Foreign crook who wasn't deported now faces serious charges.

Byline: BY Bob Dow

A FOREIGN man now facing terrorist charges in the UK was freed from jail in the 1990s - without being deported.

The revelation is set to heap more pressure on under-fire Home Secretary Charles Clarke to quit.

The terror suspect, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was originally jailed in 1996 for robbery and sent to a young offenders' institution.

It is understood he was not considered for deportation when he was released from prison in 1998 - when current Foreign Secretary Jack Straw led the Home Office.

The ex-robber was given the right to stay in Britain in 2004. He is not one of the 1023 foreign criminals since 1999 who serelease with out deportation, led to demands for Clarke's resignation.

Shadow home secretary David Davis said: "If true, this is as bad as it could be. It would amount to an unforgivable failure to protect the public against the most serious threat to their safety."

Yesterday, it was confirmed that a foreign prisoner arrested in Scotland had been charged over an assault.

The man is one of the 79 most dangerous offenders out of the all foreign prisoners wrongly released in the UK - and the only one known to be Scottish-based.

He was arrested on Wednesday by immigration officers and Grampian Police.

The Home Office are refusing to release details about the case.

But the Record understands he is a Lithuanian who has been living in the Aberdeenshire port of Fraserburgh for the last 18 months. working in the fishing industry.

He is linked to drugs and sex crimes and is now facing charges in connection with an alleged serious assault since his release.

The man is expected to appear in court next week.

SNP leader Alex Salmond, whose constituency covers Fraserburgh, said: "Clarke should be getting his jotters over this.

"There is no question that this man is a danger to public safety and he should never have been allowed to roam loose in the north-east of Scotland."


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 5, 2006
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