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'WPC Murder Suspect In Somalia'
London, May 4, 2006 – The scandal over the released foreign convicts deepened last night after it emerged fugitive police killer Mustaf Jama is thought be in his native Somalia.
In an extraordinary irony, it is believed the robber is hiding in his homeland, just 12 months after Home Office officials ruled it was 'too dangerous' for him to be deported there. When Jama, 26, and his family arrived in Britain from Somalia in the early 1990s, they sought asylum claiming they were in danger of being shot by a rival tribe in their homeland.
After being released from prison early last year, Jama - a prolific criminal who has served a string of jail sentences for robbery, affray, burglary and driving offences - used the same argument to avoid being deported to his native country.
Home Office officials agreed it would be unfair to send him back to the war-torn country and Jama was allowed back on the streets. Six months later, he is alleged to have been part of the robbery gang which mercilessly gunned down unarmed WPC Sharon Beshenivsky during a bungled robbery in Bradford.
Yet despite a huge manhunt, detectives have been unable to trace him. Detectives have spoken to Jama's parents, who are also living in the UK, and have interviewed a large number of their 'tight group' of friends and associates.
Details of the dramatic twist in the hunt for Jama emerged as Charles Clarke faced renewed calls for his resignation from the husband of the policewoman Teresa Milburn, who was injured in the incident involving WPC Beshenivsky.
Christopher Milburn said the Home Secretary's position was 'untenable' following the disclosure that Jama was allowed to stay in Britain after his case was examined last spring.
He said: "Charles Clarke has mucked this situation up. I would want to see tighter controls on immigration, and anyone that has been allowed to stay in this country should be sent back if they are going to cause crime. I think Charles Clarke should go. His position is untenable. Of course there were more than Mustaf Jama involved in the shooting.
"Would it have made any difference if he had been sent back? I don't know for certain."
Further details of how Jama arrived in the country, and his extensive criminal record also emerged yesterday.
It is believed he came to Britain with his family from Somalia in 1993. His mother Nadifa Egal - who has seven children - paid an African people trafficker to pose as her husband so they could enter the country. As their asylum application was assessed, the family settled in South-East London - helped by state benefits and local authority housing. In September 1999, Jama was locked up for 12 months for affray and carrying a machete. He was granted indefinite leave to stay in Britain in 2000.
In May 2001 he was jailed for 15 months after pleading guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, having pulled a young woman out of a pizza delivery car.
In 2001 he was jailed in Sheffield for three years for three robbery offences. In February last year he was jailed for three months for burglary and driving without insurance. He served six weeks and was then considered for deportation. Around six months later he is alleged to have been part of the six-strong gang who murdered WPC Beshenivsky. Five other men are in custody.
Source: Daily Mail