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Allowed to stay here - because he is a risk to
people in his own country if deported!

Over 100 foreign criminals and illegal immigrants have used the European 'right to a family life' to avoid deportation from the UK in the past year.

Article Eight of the European Convention on Human Rights - guaranteeing the 'right to a family life' - has helped a total of 102 people frustrate the deportation process.

These include a number of violent criminals and illegal immigrants who had no other right to remain in the country.

In one case, a foreign criminal who used Article Eight was a violent thug and drug dealer who beat his girlfriend and failed to pay child maintenance.

None claimed they would be in danger of torture or abuse if they were sent back to their home countries.

Conservative MP Dominic Raab, who got hold of the figures, told the Sunday Telegraph: 'Before the Human Rights Act, no criminal had ever claimed a right to family life to frustrate a deportation order in this country.

'It is high time we changed to law, to restore some common sense and retain public confidence in out border controls.'

In 2010, 233 appeals against deportation were made. Of these, 149 were successful on human rights grounds - 102 of them citing Article Eight alone.

Just 35 were under Article Three, which protects people from being killed or tortured if returned to an unsafe country. The rest used a mix of Articles.

The figures from HM Courts Service show Article Eight is the number one reason foreign criminals or illegal immigrants managed to defeat deportation.

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, had ordered the North London-based violent drug dealer - who can only be named as AP because judges kept his identity a secret - sent back to Trinidad.

According to the Sunday Telegraph, he has a five-year-old daughter, from whom he provided no care nor any maintenance payments, but he still won his fight against deportation thanks to his 'right to a family life'.

His is just the latest case of Article Eight being used to halt the deportation process. Others include:

A Sri Lankan robber allowed to remain here because he has a girlfriend in Britain.

An Iraqi killer who, judges ruled, should not be sent back because he would pose a risk to people in his home country.

A Bolivian man who was able to stay partly because he owned a pet cat.

AP - the violent drug dealer who has just been given leave to stay - was jailed for 18 months by Ipswich Crown Court in May 2008 for possession of cocaine with intent to supply.

His criminal record also included battery of his partner in 2007.

Home Office officials told him they intended to deport him back to the Caribbean after he had served his sentence.

But he appealed and after his release from jail at the beginning of 2009 he told a tribunal he was remorseful and getting his life back on track.

Two days later he was caught in possession of cocaine and fined £75.

But a tribunal ruled AP should not be deported in March 2009. The judges said: 'We are satisfied that the effect of his proposed removal on all members of his family unit in the UK would result in removal being disproportionate, especially since he has a child who has a strong bond with him and he with her and we have heard credible evidence that he is a good and caring father.'

Despite an appeal by the Home Secretary, AP's right to stay was upheld for Lord Justice Longmore, Lord Justice Carwath and Lord Justice Rimer at the Court of Appeal last month.

The European Convention on Human Rights was made UK law by the passing of the Human Rights Act by Tony Blair's Labour government in 1998.

Controversy has raged around it ever since as its provisions take precedence over other British law.

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