Mo Farah’s brother released early could be deported

By Asad Cabdullahi Mataan

The brother of Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah could be deported from Britain after being released early from prison.

Ahmed Farah, 25, a younger brother of the long-distance runner, is said to be waiting to hear if he is to be sent back to his native Somalia.

He was jailed for false imprisonment for his part in a knife raid in Southall, West London in 2010.

Three Somali pirates were killed in a fight over the ransom paid to free the German-American journalist who was released this week after two years and eight months of captivity, a police official said Friday.

The gunfight broke out in the central town of Galkayo late Thursday when some of the pirates who held Michael Scott Moore attacked their comrades, accusing them of conducting a secret deal with negotiators, said Mohamed Hassan. A top pirate commander was among three people killed after Moore was freed on Tuesday, he said, adding that one camp of pirates accused the other of betrayal.

The clash started after one group of pirates appeared unwilling to share the cash with others, said Bile Hussein, a pirate commander in the coastal town of Hobyo, told The Associated Press on Friday. He said earlier that a ransom of $1.6 million was paid by Somali intermediaries acting on behalf of Germany.

Germany’s Foreign Ministry hasn’t confirmed money was paid and U.S. policy forbids the payment of ransoms.

The 45-year-old Moore, who holds both German and U.S. citizenship, was flown to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, where he was said to be getting medical care after being freed in Somalia, according to Germany’s Foreign Ministry. A statement issued Thursday through the German magazine Der Spiegel, for which Moore had freelanced in the past, said he was safe but not healthy.

Moore was seized by pirates in January 2012 in Galkayo as he drove from the airport. Just four days later, U.S. Navy SEALs rescued an American and a Dane in a nighttime raid while killing all nine of their guards. Those two had also been kidnapped in Galkayo in October 2011.

Hussein, the pirate commander, said the pirates who held Moore grew tired of keeping him and were increasingly concerned the U.S. would attempt to use force to secure the journalist’s freedom. The pirates had been holding out for a ransom of $5 million, he said, but decided to settle for $1.6 million offered by negotiators after a long period of silence.

The towns of Hobyo and Galkayo are well-known pirate dens in Somalia and Moore was abducted around the time pirates turned to kidnappings for income after their income from hijacking ships declined as a result of armed internationals vessels conducting anti-piracy patrols off the coast of Somalia.

Ahmed, the younger brother of Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah, pictured, could be deported from Britain.

He is now being held at the Dungavel detention centre in Lanarkshire, while awaiting a date for a new immigration tribunal.
The Home Office refused to comment on the case.

It is understood Farah moved to Britain from Somalia with this 31-year-old brother, but never became a British citizen.
It is thought the pair no longer keep in touch.

The runner’s agent refused to comment on the case.
The case comes just a week after the athlete’s other brother, Omar, was jailed after trying to break into an elderly couple’s home.

The 21-year-old of Brentford, who has 15 previous convictions, was caught trying to break into the pensioners’ home after visiting his girlfriend in west London.

He pleaded guilty to one count of attempted burglary with intent to steal at Kingston Crown Court last week.

He had previously spoken about the support Mo, 31, had given him, seeing him as a role model, while in a 2013 interview he said he had been training as a graphic designer in a bid to avoid getting into trouble.

But a judge branded his criminal record ‘unimpressive’, although the court heard he had not committed any further crimes since he tried breaking into the pensioner’s home at on March 2 last year.

Source: Daily Mail