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Sabeel deportation delayed by 10 days

india Updated: Apr 17, 2008 02:27 IST
Vijay Dutt

It might take at least another 10 days before Bangalorean Dr Sabeel Ahmed (26) is deported to India, said Indian High Commission sources.

Sabeel has been in the custody of Immigration authorities here following his sentencing last week at the Old Bailey to 18 months’ imprisonment for “failing to tell the police about the mission” to bomb Glasgow airport.

Immigration officers did not give any date for his return to India. His lawyer Imran Khan was unavailable for comment.

The fact that he was transferred from the high-security Belmarsh prison to Immigration for his deportation immediately after the ruling, meant the judge commuted the remaining nine months of his sentence. Sabeel has “voluntarily” opted to return to India.

Immigration authorities have not yet formally contacted the High Commission, which they “would have to do” once they are ready to fly him out.

Sabeel was suspected of knowing about his brother Kafeel and Bilal Abdullah’s plan to attack Glasgow airport.