Ghanaian fraudster fights UK extradition
Publish date: 10 September 2018
Issue Number: 790
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Ghanaian national Kweku Adoboli, a former trader convicted of fraud in 2012, is facing deportation after being detained by police in Scotland. He served four years of a seven-year sentence for his role in a £1.4bn fraud scam at Swiss bank UBS. He was released in 2015. Foreign nationals sentenced to more than four years are automatically considered for deportation. However, in a BBC interview, Adoboli has accused the UK authorities of racism. ‘The fact that I was born in a different country and have different-coloured skin became part of the labelling process,’ said. ‘It was no longer Kweku Adoboli who went to Yorkshire at the age of 12, became head boy of his school, went to Nottingham University, contributed to the students' union, became campus brand ambassador for UBS, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.’ During his 2012 trial, he denied the charges against him.