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Two held in UK terror raids may have breached student visas

world Updated: Apr 11, 2009 18:43 IST
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Two of the 12 suspected al-Qaeda members allegedly involved in a foiled terror plot, were allowed to stay in the Britain despite breaching conditions of their student visas.

One person was stopped by immigration officials at Manchester Airport last week as he arrived from Pakistan, but was allowed to enter the country despite his visas documents not in place.

According to a report in The Daily Telegraph another suspect was threatened with deportation after immigration officials discovered that he was working as a security guard instead of studying, yet he was allowed to stay.

Quoting sources, The Times said the Pakistani man was given an appointment by officials at Manchester airport to return for an immigration interview. He was arrested this week in an internet cafe in the Cheetham Hill area of the city.

The suspect might have been allowed “to run” in the expectation that he would lead the authorities to other conspirators. Although the arrests were made by Greater Manchester Police’s counter-terrorism unit, the investigation was being led by Mi5, the British Intelligence service.

Patrick Mercer, the chairman of the parliamentary counter-terrorism subcommittee, called the UK Border Agency’s failure to act “a disgrace” and a “frightening” lapse of immigration controls.