De­ten­tion left for­mer trader ‘bro­ken’

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By CHRIS MAR­SHALL

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.

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