Judges are making the country more dangerous by ignoring rules targeted at foreign criminals, the Home Secretary has claimed.
In an article in the Mail on Sunday, Theresa May has said she wants to introduce a law that will lead to most foreigners guilty of serious crimes being deported.
Aso Mohammed Ibrahim, a failed asylum seeker from Iraq, killed 12-year-old Amy Houston in a hit-and-run in Lancashire back in 2003.
Although he was jailed for four months, he was allowed to remain in the UK with his family after his release. His lawyers argued that human rights laws allowed him to stay.
Amy Houston's father Paul joined the Home Secretary in criticising judges and questioned whether any new law would be at odds with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
He told us: "It's a pity the judges couldn't have got their own house in order without the need for this. I'm not sure where a law will put us with the ECHR. Will the ECHR overrule our courts?"
The law in question is Article 8 of the ECHR. It provides that:
- Everyone has the right to respect for their private and family life, home and correspondence
- There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security