Fifth Columnist caught

Posted: October 27, 2010 in Broken Britain

fifth column, clandestine group or faction of subversive agents who attempt to undermine a nation’s solidarity by any means at their disposal. The term is credited to Emilio Mola Vidal, a Nationalist general during the Spanish Civil War (1936–39). As four of his army columns moved on Madrid, the general referred to his militant supporters within the capital as his “fifth column,” intent on undermining the loyalist government from within.

IlieA former barrister was on Monday 25 October jailed for 8½ years for his role in a massive immigration scam that netted millions of pounds.

36-year-old Syed Ahmed of Havelock Terrace, Sunderland was one of five people involved in running a bogus college and corrupt immigration advisory firm in London. The gang were all arrested after an investigation by a London immigration crime team.

Ahmed was found guilty of conspiring to assist unlawful immigration following a three week trial at Southwark Crown Court.

The other four members of the conspiracy, Ahmed’s Chinese wife Junjie Kao, aged 30, Wie Xing, aged 30, also Chinese, and Bangladeshi nationals Khaled Mahmud aged 35 and Tareq Mahmud aged 35 were previously jailed for a total of 25 years for conspiring to assist unlawful immigration at Croydon Crown Court in January 2010. Kao and Xing also pleaded guilty to money laundering offences.

At the heart of the gang’s conspiracy was Thames College London, which purported to offer genuine courses of education from premises in Whitechapel, but in fact offered none. It was run day-to-day by Khaled and Tareq Mahmud, but Ahmed was listed as a lecturer in law.

The gang would provide fake documents and certificates through the college, which were then used to support visa applications to the Home Office for their ‘clients’.

Those applications were processed by a legal company called Virgil Legal Services Ltd, for which Ahmed was the accredited legal adviser. The firm, based on Shaftesbury Avenue, claimed to provide advice to students from China and the Far East who wanted to apply for or extend visas. It advertised its’ services in Chinese newspapers.

The whole operation netted them millions. £2.65 million pounds in cash was discovered by UKBA officers stuffed into boxes and suitcases underneath a bed in the flat Ahmed shared with Kao and Xing in Lower Road, Rotherhithe, south east London.

For those who couldn’t use their services to stay in the UK there’s always sham marriages.

IlieA wedding party including the bride and groom were arrested at Sheffield Town Hall in what is believed to have been an attempted sham marriage.

The UKBA operation interrupted the wedding ceremony at Sheffield Register Office, Town Hall, Pinstone Street, as it was about to start at 10:30am on Monday.

The 36-year-old, Afghan groom (a failed asylum seeker) and his 21-year-old Slovak bride were arrested moments before they attempted to get married. Both were taken to a police station for further questioning along with two other guests who were also detained pending further questioning.

Monday’s arrests follow earlier action to tackle suspected sham marriages in Sheffield with fifteen people already arrested and charged following other suspected sham weddings this summer.

IlieThis is where ToffTory/LibDims can save money not targeting the poor and aged.

Health chiefs spent £2.6million on a new hospital car park which adds just four extra spaces to the existing car park.

The original 223-space car park at Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth, Mid Wales, is being replaced by a new multi-storey car park – with 227 spaces. The upgrade, which will be completed in December, works out at £655,000 for each extra space.

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