UK Counter-terrorism chief quits over inability to deport virtually any Islamic terrorists

hra2ANTHONY LAYDEN, the diplomat in charge of the plan to deport terrorists has quit because it is not working, The Telegraph can disclose.  Just 12 foreign Muslim terrorists have been expelled in the past decade under the Deportation with Assurances plan. Not a single Muslim terrorist suspect has been allowed to be sent home in the past year.

UK Telegraph  The disclosure raises serious concerns over Britain’s ability to expel suspects who use the Human Rights Act to prevent their deportation. 

A new report reveals up to 28 foreign terrorists have resisted deportation using the Human Rights Act, including three men below:

Baghdad Meziane, Siraj Yassin Abdullah Ali and Ismail Abdurahman have all been convicted of terrorism-related offenses
Baghdad Meziane, Siraj Yassin Abdullah Ali and Ismail Abdurahman have all been convicted of terrorism-related offenses

Britain established the Deportation with Assurances (DWA) scheme to send foreign terrorist suspects back to their home countries in the Middle East and Africa on “non-torture” deals. 

These international agreements are supposed to stop lawyers using the Human Rights Act to prevent terrorists being expelled. But a Sunday Telegraph investigation has discovered that the senior official in charge of the DWA scheme has resigned because he claims it is not working. 

Two deportation cases collapsed last summer after Anthony Layden, the official who had been overseeing DWA, expressed serious misgivings about its operation. 


It is not clear what those misgivings were but they are thought to be concerned with Britain’s failure to put in place proper monitoring to ensure deported terror suspects were not mistreated — or even tortured — on their return. 

An official review of the scheme, which is unlikely to be published until after the election, will show just 12 foreign terrorists have been deported to countries such as Algeria and Jordan in the past 10 years — a figure confirmed by the Home Office — while France has deported 129.



The findings raise serious doubts over Theresa May’s ability to rid Britain of dangerous, foreign-born jihadists. The Home Secretary has previously trumpeted the scheme’s success. 

It was introduced in 2005 to circumvent concerns that suspects sent home faced torture and ill-treatment — and that to deport them contravened their human rights. 


Agreements have been signed with Algeria, Jordan, Ethiopia, Libya, Lebanon and Morocco, giving assurances that suspects will not be subjected to mistreatment. 

It is impossible for UK authorities to deport terror suspects to such countries as Somalia and Eritrea, where no assurances are in place. 

Only one suspect is thought to have been sent home under the plan since Abu Qatada, the radical cleric, was deported to Jordan in 2013. And that took several years cost taxpayers a fortune.




Further doubts have emerged with the resignation of Mr Layden as special representative for deportation with assurances. The former ambassador to Libya and Morocco, told The Telegraph he no longer supported the scheme he had overseen. 

He refused to say precisely what the problem was, explaining he had no wish to “help the terrorists”, but said it lay with the Home Office.  Mr Layden added: “I no longer feel comfortable with the whole DWA procedure. It was a matter over the way our government behaved with one of our partner countries.” 

Convicted terrorist Abu Hamza was finally extradited to the U.S. but his large family that is still living in the UK is costing British taxpayers a fortune in welfare/housing benefits as the wife doesn’t work.



Mr Layden gave evidence to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC), the special court held in secret to hear appeals by terrorism suspects whom the Government wishes to deport.  Lawyers routinely argue at SIAC that deportation is a breach of foreign suspects’ human rights.

But concerns raised by Mr Layden at one SIAC hearing, contributed to the collapse of cases against two Ethiopians. One of the Ethiopians, known only as J1, was accused of being a member of the al-Shabaab terrorist group and a close associate of one of four bombers who attempted to bomb the London underground on July 21 2005. A second member of al-Shabaab, was also allowed to remain.

Research by The Henry Jackson Society, a security think tank, has estimated that more than 25 foreign terrorists have resisted deportation using the Human Rights Act.