Selami Cokaj is back in Britain and living the high life
And 43-year-old Selami Cokaj who escaped jail after stabbing a man to death in 1994 was supposed to have been deported from the UK in 2009.
The vicious thug is using his own name after initially applying for asylum in the UK in 1997, posing as a refugee from Kosovo under the name Valton Gashi.
He arrived in the UK after escaping jail just three years into his 20 year sentence for the horrific murder and armed robbery.
In 2006, Cojak was finally rumbled by police, but was freed by magistrates as he used taxpayers money to fund a legal battle to remain in the UK for three years.
His extradition process involved a legal battle that ended up with appeals being heard in the High Court and House of Lords.
He was eventually deported in 2009 and sent back to his home country but the statute of limitations applied over his original sentence and he was freed in 2012.
Now he's back living in a four bedroom house, running a car wash and garage that has an income of £40,000-a-year and is even a director registered at Companies House.
Speaking in 2009, Pellumb Seferi, the head of Interpol in Tirana said: "Selami Cokaj is one of the most wanted people in Albania because he committed homicide and armed robbery".
A source told the Sun: "He should have been picked up by Border Force when he entered the country.
"The fact he wasn't suggests maybe he arrived clandestinely or didn't disclose the conviction.”
Now critics are warning that the Government must immediately step in to probe how Cokaj was able to live, work and earn a living in Britain with impunity.
Tory MP Philip Davies said: "It's quite extraordinary this man could ever have got back into the UK.
"It shows how weak our border controls are.
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"It makes you wonder how many other foreign criminals have sneaked back in.”
Despite the controversy the Government has defended its position on the case.
The Home Office said: “This Government puts the safety of our country first.
“That’s why we’ve taken action like introducing ‘deport first, appeal later’ to stop this kind of thing happening.”
But this is not the first time a convicted criminal has circumvented the process.
A number of high profile cases have made their way through the justice system and particularly in relation to Article 8 of the Human Rights Act.
In 2015 it was revealed the Home Office managed to remove just 5,277 overseas prisoners – despite receiving 10,461 referrals from the National Offender Management Service in 2014.
The number of overseas criminals removed from the UK dropped by 828 between 2010/11 and 2011/12, from 5,367 to 4,539.
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