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Speed fine Afghan refugee jailed
An Afghan teacher who came to Britain seven years ago to escape persecution has been jailed for three months for trying to avoid speeding convictions.

Najibullah Ahmadi, 41, worked as a taxi driver to support his wife and six children, still living in Afghanistan.

He was caught speeding on the M1 near Luton in May 2006 and in Dunstable in September but denied he was the driver.

At Luton Crown Court Ahmadi, of High Street South, Dunstable, was convicted of perverting the course of justice.

His aim was to avoid the fines and collecting six points on his licence.

Defence barrister Jonathan Trussler said Ahmadi still maintained his innocence, but was a low risk of re-offending and was of previous good character.

He said Ahmadi's wife suffered with a serious medical condition.

Recorder Nicholas Heathcote Williams said the offences were so serious only a short jail sentence could be passed.

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