Albanian gangster granted anonymity after claiming asylum in the UK — to protect his security | The Sun
AN Albanian gangster has been granted anonymity after claiming asylum in the UK — to protect his security.
A judge banned The Sun from identifying the man — guilty of appalling crimes including murder.
The middle-aged crook arrived by boat in Britain after serving a life sentence for murder and other “very serious” offences in his home country.
But a judge ruled his identity must be kept secret “for the sake of his security” — after he claimed he was at risk from rival mobsters.
Tory MP David Morris said: “It’s an outrageous decision which shows contempt for British citizens.
"Why protect the ‘security’ of a career criminal who has been convicted of murder who has no right to be here?
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Fellow Tory MP Philip Davies said: “Publication of his identity and crimes is clearly in the public interest.”
Judge Nicholas Aldridge, 51, sitting at a Tribunal Hearing Centre, ruled nothing should be published which could “directly or indirectly” identify the crook, including his list of crimes.
A spokesman for the Home Office said: “It’s another shocking example of why we must stop the boats.”
The Sun has launched an appeal against the anonymity ruling.
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The judge rejected the Albanian’s application for bail.
The man — who appeared via video link — remains in custody at an immigration centre.
A decision is due soon on whether he will be kicked out of the country.
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