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Two Albanians are not deported despite lying to get citizenship (Telegraph) (5 January 2018)

Date: 05/01/2018
Duncan Lewis, InThePress Solicitors, Two Albanians are not deported despite lying to get citizenship (Telegraph)

The Supreme Court has passed a judgment preventing Dinjan Hysaj and Agron Bakijasi, both Albanian nationals, from being deported for fraudulently gaining British citizenship. The Albanian nationals had sought asylum in Britain during the 90s by claiming to be of Kosovan descent. The Home Office was brought to the attention of their misrepresentation when Hysaj was jailed for a violent dispute in 2011, and when Bakijasi’s partner revealed his real nationality in Kosovo. Their citizenships were deemed nullified by The Court of Appeal but this was further challenged by the appellants’ solicitor, Naim Hasani of Duncan Lewis, who found that completely revoking their citizenship on the grounds that they lied about being of a different nationality was not strong enough to nullify their citizenships. As a result, The Supreme Court has accepted the validity of their British citizenships under the principle that the argument for the nullity of their false identities is quite implausible, on that basis that the appellants did not commit the fraud by impersonating someone else. This case has highlighted a loophole in citizenship cases based on the legal difference between identity theft and false pretences.

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