Kweku Adoboli faces deportation from his homeland


The former convicted UBS trader, Kweku Adoboli is facing imminent deportation to Ghana after his latest appeal to remain in the United Kingdom was rejected. Adoboli served seven years in prison in 2012 after he was found guilty of fraud that cost UBS £1.8 billion. He was released halfway through his sentence, but now he is facing deportation. Even though Adoboli was born in Ghana, he left the country when he was four and has been living in the UK since he was 12.

Adoboli’s legal team argued that after he got out of prison, he acknowledged his mistake and began to host workshops that warned people to avoid making the same kind of errors he made while working for UBS.

According to the former Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Stephen Shaw’s 2018 report on “Assessment of government progress in implementing the report on the welfare in detention of vulnerable persons,” it is cruel to deport people from their families and friends in the UK, especially when they may no longer speak the language or have any ties with the country they are originally from.

Shaw also states that some of those facing removal had not committed violent or sexual offences, nor did they have a long record of criminality. Adoboli, who was found guilty of fraud, should belong to this category because his crime was neither for violent nor sexual offences. The practice of deporting people who had committed crimes but had grown up in the UK is “deeply troubling” according to Shaw, and he called for ending the practice.

Marvin Kwang