Immigration officer fired after putting wife on list of terrorists to stop her flying home

An immigration officer tried to rid himself of his wife by adding her name to a list of terrorist suspects.

He used his access to security databases to include his wife on a watch list of people banned from boarding flights into Britain because their presence in the country is ‘not conducive to the public good’.

As a result the woman was unable for three years to return from Pakistan after travelling to the county to visit family.

The tampering went undetected until the immigration officer was selected for promotion and his wife name was found on the suspects’ list during a vetting inquiry.

The Home Office confirmed today that the officer has been sacked for gross misconduct.

The incident is likely to raise new questions over levels of efficiency in the UK Border Agency, the organisation formed nearly three years ago by then Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to take over all immigration controls.

It has been criticised for poor performance by the Parliamentary Ombudsman and has suffered its share of humiliating incidents – for example the incident 19 months ago when an illegal immigrant escaped from the channel tunnel port at Folkestone by clinging to the underside of a bus carrying Border Agency staff.

The Agency is charged with putting into operation the Coalition’s policy of reducing numbers of workers from outside Europe allowed into Britain.

A spokesman said: ‘We expect the highest levels of integrity. Allegations of misconduct are thoroughly investigated and we always take action swiftly where we find members of staff who have abused their position.

‘On the extremely rare occasions where this occurs, the strongest action is taken.’

The officer in the latest incident to come to light was employed by a unit maintaining watch lists.

He is understood to have worked at the Agency’s headquarters at Lunar House in Croydon, South London.

His wife visited family in Pakistan but when she tried to return to Britain she was not allowed onto the aircraft. Airline and immigration officials refused to explain to her why.

She was forced to remain in Pakistan for three years until her husband’s manipulation of the suspect list came to light.

He is understood to have applied for a promotion that would have meant a higher level of security clearance.

During the vetting process the name of his wife was discovered on the suspect list, to the surprise of security staff.

When questioned, the officer confessed to his alteration of the lists and was sacked.

Source: Dailymail

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  3. I was going to say “only in America does this happen”. Guess I was wrong. Talk about a troubled marriage! Wow!

    Charles from across the pond
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  5. Nicee Dude . ! Next Time Try Paki’s Most Wanted. Or Hey…Here’s A Thought..GET A DIVORCE!!!!!!!!!

  6. Clearly Britain doesn’t avail itself of the “Best and Brightest” to protect their shores……

    Donna Reed
  7. If only it had been his mother-in-law’s name. But his wife’s?? I guess a divorce would be simpler.

  8. oh my god! i wonder if he’s hot, cause i would like totally marry him… oh wait he might put me on a terrorist list! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

    Bernadette Kerfuffeldon
  9. She must have been starving him of man’s night food and he was enjoying another woman’s meal. Boy o boy!

    james bond
  10. His first mistake was giving her a pair of shoes and letting her out of the house. If she would have stayed where she belonged this would have never happened. (in front of the oven cooking dinner). That’s what she gets for trying to have a mind of her own… I’m not kidding…totally serious…

  11. Some hubbies do realize gradually that their wife is indeed so horrible that she wouldn’t allow peaceful separation. I guess the wife in this case should come forward for sharing some blame on her part.

    We know that all hubbies are not as lucky as this guy in getting access to terror suspect list.

  12. it would be useful to know if both were of pakistani origin or the wife alone was

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  14. To the one who’s called ‘smart’ and other folks who think it’s the wife’s fault he got fired:

    Payback’s a b%^%&, isn’t it? 😀

    You misogynistic idiots in denial!

    This is the year 2012, get this right….

    1. Women are not slaves or property (regardless of country of origin).
    2. Use work resources only related to work, not personal matters.

    HE was NOT operating in integrity when HE put his own wife on a terrorist list, thus HIS LOSS OF HIS PROMOTION.

    HE’S the (stupid) terrorist (like the underwear bomber) because of what he did, not allowing his wife to go home for three years. He probably dissolved the marriage like that anyway.
    (in most cases, he should have gone to jail)

    Get your minds OUT of the NEOLITHIC period!

    GOOD for HIM he got fired…too stupid and controlling to get her a decent divorce or separation like normal, respectable folk.

    What was HE doing in the meanwhile?

    She probably had a job she couldn’t go back to and LOST thanks to him. I hope she divorced him, and SUES the crap out of him!

    One less person wasting taxpayer money – YAY!

    one less person in the so called institution of marriage – YAHOO!


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