Posted: October 23, 2010 in Law & Disorder

A couple who tried to smuggle two illegal immigrants into Britain in the boot of their hire car have been jailed.

IlieJacqueline Reid, 38, and Nasser Althefferi, 33, were arrested after UK Border Agency officers at the port of Newhaven discovered a Kuwaiti man and woman hiding under a blanket in the back of their Ford Mondeo on the evening of 10 January 2010.

The couple, from Wilmslow in Cheshire, had hired the car in Manchester on 9 January before driving down to Dover and taking the ferry to Calais. The very next day they returned to the UK via Dieppe.

At first Reid and Althefferi claimed they were unaware that the Kuwaitis were in their car, but one of the Kuwaitis later admitted that he had paid a Pakistani agent approximately £10,000 to get him from Kuwait to the UK via Paris using a false passport. Both admitted that they had been helped to hide in the boot. They were later returned to France and handed over to the French border police.

Reid and Althefferi were found guilty of facilitating illegal immigration on 23 September following a trial at Lewes Crown Court.

Althefferi was sentenced to two-and-a-half years on Tuesday 19 October, while Reid was sentenced to one-and-a-half years which seems a pathetic sentence for people smuggling for financial gain or were the pair bringing terrorists into our country? A Pakastani agent provided false passports for the Kuwaitis so why was it necessary to hide in a car boot? Who says they’re Kuwaitis anyway they’re using false passports.

Talking about foreigners and pathetic sentencing

A Latvian living in Cambridgeshire has been sentenced to only a year in prison for attempting to smuggle ammunition into the UK. Remember, as I’ve reported before, Latvians and crime seem to go hand in glove here in the UK.

Henrijs Rudups, of St John’s Chase, March, pleaded guilty to a charge of illegally importing ammunition when he appeared at Canterbury Crown Court on 19 October. The 38-year-old Latvian was stopped by officers from the UK Border Agency at the Port of Dover on October 27, last year, when he arrived on a car ferry from Calais.

Asked if he was carrying anything illegal, Rudups produced a box from under his seat which contained a blank firing pistol and two rounds of CN Mace gas cartridges – which emit a choking, noxious gas on impact.

Rudups said that he had bought the gun and ammunition from a friend two weeks before travelling to the UK, where he intended to look for work. What as a mugger?

He said he was afraid that he would be attacked travelling through Poland and had made his purchases for self-defence. He claimed he had no idea that he could not bring them into the UK. That old chesnut!

Do we really need armed Latvians turning up in the UK?


Cash totalling 20,000 euros has been seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act from a Kosovan man travelling through the Port of Holyhead.

UKBA officers carrying out checks at the ferry terminal questioned the man when he arrived in the port from Dublin early last Friday (15 October). The 28-year-old man was carrying the cash – in 50 euro notes – in the glove compartment of his car.

He told officers he was en route to Kosovo to pay for repairs to a vehicle which his father had crashed. However the entire value of the crashed vehicle was less than the 20,000 euros he was carrying. Hasn’t he heard of BACS?

Under the Proceeds of Crime Act, officers have the power to seize cash in order to recover the proceeds of criminal activity without requiring a criminal conviction unless they can provide proof to a court that the money came from a legitimate source.

In this case the agency seized the money because the Kosovan’s reasons for carrying such a large amount of cash lacked credibility. Too right, a nice little earner for UKBA.

Why is the government cutting their budget when they have this profitable sideline.


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