Tough new rules to protect the public from foreign criminals have been brought in by government – but not in time to deport an Ipswich-based criminal who raised fears she would be shunned for her actions in her homeland.

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Outraged at the case of Ai Vee Ong, of Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich MP Ben Gummer raised the issue with the Home Secretary.

Branding Ong’s use of the Human Rights Act as “ridiculous” Mr Gummer told The Star that, while the change in the law was too late in this example, it will act to prevent other similar cases.

Ong was jailed for four years for exploiting illegal immigrants and other offences. The 34-year-old was employed as a company secretary for Temptations Buffet Ltd in Ipswich before her arrest in August 2008.

An earlier appeal for Ong to remain in the country was thrown out on the grounds the judge regarded the public interest in Ong’s deportation as substantial, although her risk of re-offending was low.

Ong appealed and Judge DE Taylor of the Upper Tribunal overturned the decision, allowing Ong to stay in Britain.

It was said Ong’s removal would interfere with her right to a private and family life in the UK, and deportation would not be proportionate.

The court heard Ong had not told her family in Malaysia about her conviction, because she would be disowned due to the shame and disgrace.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “We are extremely disappointed with the judge’s decision to allow this foreign criminal to remain in the UK.

“This case demonstrates why we have introduced tough new rules to protect the public from foreign criminals who try to hide behind family life as a reason to stay here.”

Mr Gummer told The Star: “Now we have got some clarification.

“I am glad that this will not re-occur.

“It just shows how ludicrous the rules were before this change.

“I am glad we are getting to grips with this ridiculous human rights culture on which Ms Ong has relied.”

What do you think about this case? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or alternatively you can send an e-mail to starletters@archant.co.uk

6 comments

  • If she wants a family life there is a simple solution. Deport her family with her.

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    John Haseltine

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

  • So, Ong doesn't want to go home and face the shame and disgrace she would bring on her family. She knew, from the way she was brought up, that what she was doing was totally wrong - no excuses, send her home to face the music.

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    Suffolk Sue

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

  • why do the courts not uphold the rights of children to have access to both parents? some legislation is ignored and some is stupidly enforced. I suspect money is somewhere in the equation

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    old git

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • So why doesn't someone in the government tell her family or send them a copy of the Ipswich Star. They would then know about her offences and she would no longer have the human rights cover to prevent her being deported. The courts in this country no longer protect the victims only the perpetrators and that cannot be right.

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    Big Spot

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

  • I think it true to say that the majority of UK citizens tar all immigrants with the same brush; they believe them all to be here taking their jobs (but in fact would NOT do many of the jobs that immigrants do for the low wages they receive) and receiving benefits. The truth is, as shown in this and other cases, we actually treat the immigrants who are beneficial to our society far worse than those who are terrorists or other criminals. We need an immigration policy which removes the bad but treats the good with decency and respect.

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    Johnthebap

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

  • thank god for Mr Gummer“This case demonstrates why we have introduced tough new rules to protect the public from foreign criminals who try to hide behind family life as a reason to stay here.”Mr Gummer told The Star: “Now we have got some clarification.“I am glad that this will not re-occur.i will be waching Mr Gummer and will let you know if it re-occurs!probably next week!

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    peter wright

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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