Detention left former trader ‘broken’
A former financial trader fighting deportation from the UK says he has been left “broken” by the experience of being held in detention.
Kweku Adoboli, 38, is fighting removal to Ghana after serving half his sentence for a fraud that cost Swiss bank UBS £1.8 billion.
Adoboli, who has lived in the UK since the age of 12, said the weeks spent in detention at Dungavel in South Lanarkshire and then Harmondsworth near London did more damage to his mental health than his time in prison.
The former banker was released from prison in 2015 after serving threeand-a-half years for fraud and had been living in Livingston until his recent detention.
He was due to be on a deportation flight last month until being given a last-minute reprieve and was granted bail earlier this week.
Later this month, his legal team will go to court seeking a judicial review of his case.
Asked about his time in detention, he said: “
“The 36 days I spent in detention did more damage to my mental health than three-and-a-half years in prison.
His lawyers argue that without a banking licence, Adoboli cannot re-offend and represents no threat to the public.