Ahmed and others [2017] UKUT 00118 (IAC)

British Citizenship


Ahmed and others (deprivation of citizenship) [2017] UKUT 00118 (IAC) is an Immigration Law case concerning the deprivation of British Citizenship.


The appellants in Ahmed and others were convicted of the grooming, sexual exploitation and trafficking of several young girls. All three men were naturalised British citizens. Furthermore, they were also citizens of Pakistan.


The Appeal was concerned with the legality of the decision pursuant to section 40 of the British Nationality Act 1981.


As a result, the Appeal was dismissed in the Court of Appeal.

The Court of Appeal held that in order to determine an Appeal for Ahmed and others, a tribunal needs to examine the reasonably foreseeable consequences of such deprivation. In doing so, a tribunal also needs to assess its compatibility with ECHR rights.

The Reasoning of the Court: 

Ahmed and others were charged with offences characterised as ‘serious organised crime’ within the meaning of paragraph 55.4.4. of the Home Office Nationality Instructions. The Home Office sought to deprive the appellants of British citizenship as it is a privilege to have this.

In the eyes of society, trafficking and sexually abusing young girls is unacceptable behaviour. It is in the public interest to not allow serious criminals who flagrantly abuse British values to enjoy entitlements and benefits. Such as; the right to a British passport and the right to vote in general elections. 

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