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Anger at asylum seeker's release

Amy Houston
Amy Houston was left dying under the wheels of Ibrahim's car

A father has criticised the release of a failed asylum seeker who was prosecuted over a car crash that left his 12-year-old daughter dead.

Aso Mohammed Ibrahim fled after hitting Amy Houston in Blackburn in 2003 and was later jailed for four months.

The Iraqi Kurd was due to be deported after his application for asylum was refused, but has been released from detention pending another appeal.

Amy's father, Paul Houston, said he owed it to them to "go home".

Amy was found trapped under the wheels of Ibrahim's black Rover in Newfield Road, Blackburn, in November 2003.

After Ibrahim fled from the scene, she was freed by emergency services but died later in hospital.

Aso Mohammed Ibrahim
The UK Border Agency vigorously opposed bail for this man
UKBA spokesman

Ibrahim, who did not hold a driving licence, was jailed for four months for driving while disqualified and failing to stop after an accident.

After the 31-year-old's latest application for asylum was rejected, he was seized by UKBA officials last year and was placed in a detention centre.

But earlier in April he won a court appeal against being detained while another appeal against his deportation case is processed.

He was freed by a judge at Hatton Cross Asylum and Immigration Tribunal on 17 April.

Father's dismay

Paul Houston told the BBC he was dismayed to learn of the judge's decision.

"Amy was a delightful child. She was kind, considerate, she was friendly, she loved animals. She was daughter and she was my best friend," he said.

"I feel that he owes it to me and my family, now that it is safe for him to return to Iraq, for him to go home."

The UK Border Agency, which is trying to deport Ibrahim, shared Mr Houston's frustration.

A UKBA spokesman said: "We are extremely disappointed at the court's decision. The UK Border Agency vigorously opposed bail for this man.

"Individuals with no right to remain in the UK will sometimes attempt to frustrate the removals process."



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