Red tape may keep brothel boss tied up
A HOME Office deportation order could keep an Israeli-born brothel owner in prison for months beyond his release date.
London-based Moshe Ilouz, 33, received a one-year sentence last month for controlling prostitution and money-laundering. But having already spent six months on remand, he was due to be released the following day because prisoners typically serve half their sentence.
However, the Home Office then intervened, even though judge John Price had refused to recommend deportation.
And as he remains the subject of confiscation proceedings, Ilouz is required to stay in the UK until their conclusion.
His UK assets are currently frozen and the proceedings will determine how much relates to his criminal acts, which will be seized by British police.
An application to the immigration service to release Ilouz on bail until his confiscation hearing was refused by the Home Office. His solicitor, Marilyn Mark, said: “Moshe Ilouz has said he will go back to Israel. He has even said he is willing to go back and let the British authorities keep all of his assets.
“But they want him to stay in the country for the proceedings, which could take months.”
Ilouz’s barrister Gary Grant said: “Any fair observer might think that we are in an Alice in Wonderland world when a junior official at the Home Office seeks to overrule a considered judicial decision by an experienced Crown Court Judge. Mr Ilouz intends to pursue his fight in the immigration appeal courts.”
Det Con Shaun Galloway of the Financial Investigation Unit at the Metropolitan Police’s Clubs and Vice team is responsible for the confiscation proceedings.
He said the Israeli authorities were still looking into Ilouz’s assets in Israel, but pledged to try to speed up the proceedings.
Although unable to discuss individual cases, a Home Office spokeswoman explained: “We will seek the deportation of any foreign nationals who have committed serious crimes.”