The United Kingdom has jailed a corrupt immigration officer who attempted to extort an Indian national facing deportation from the country.
The immigration officer, 41-year-old Jaspreet Kaur, admitted that she demanded £2,500 from the man facing deportation and was hence given three years and nine months behind bars.
Abuse of Power
In March 2017, the officer from Romford told the potential detainee she had made contacts that will see him freed from Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre whereas she did not do anything of such. She told the Indian national that all deportation orders against him would be dropped if he can pay her £2,500 in a week.
In July 2017, Ms. Kaur was arrested, and recorded evidence was played for her to which she admitted it was her voice but moved swiftly to dodge the crime by saying she was under threat from the man.
Addressing the issue, a man from Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) – Anton Allera – tagged the situation between the immigration officer and the potential detainee abuse of power for financial gain.
He continued by stating that bribery is damaging to any aspect of life and it is even more damaging to see it come from someone who understands the implications and is involved in the deportation of people from the UK.
He then concluded by emphasizing that the country will not hesitate to prosecute whoever thinks such a corrupt act that could undermine confidence in the UK’s public device is acceptable.
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