Red tape may keep brothel boss tied up

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANA GLOGER

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.”

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