An immigration officer tried to dispose of his wife by adding her name to a list of terrorist suspects to prevent her from returning to the UK, the Daily Mail reports.
The unidentified Home Office employee used his access to security databases to include his wife on a watch list of people banned from boarding flights into Britain because their presence in the country is ‘not conducive to the public good’.
As a result the woman was unable for three years to return to the UK from Pakistan after travelling to the county to visit family.
The tampering and abuse of power went undetected until the immigration officer was selected for promotion and his wife name was found on the suspects’ list during a vetting inquiry.
The Home Office confirmed this week that the officer has been sacked for ‘gross misconduct’.
The Mail commented that the incident is ‘likely to raise new questions over levels of efficiency in the UK Border Agency, the organisation formed nearly three years ago by then Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to take over all immigration controls’.
The agency has been criticised for poor performance by the Parliamentary Ombudsman and has suffered its share of humiliating incidents – for example the incident 19 months ago when an illegal immigrant escaped from the channel tunnel port at Folkestone by clinging to the underside of a bus carrying Border Agency staff. Source: Daily Mail
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