Gay Albanian asylum seeker’s right to stay in UK ‘beggars belief’, fumes UKIP councillor

A jailed Albanian asylum seeker is set to be allowed to remain in the UK because he is gay - even though his home country's government has introduced laws protecting homosexuals from persecution.

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The Balkan state has made “great strides” in embracing gay culture and in May its parliament passed a resolution protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, a move described as “an important step forward” by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program.

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But despite the rapid progress Xuhliano Zota, 19, who entered the UK illegally on a fake Italian passport, maintains it would not be safe to be returned because of his sexuality.

UKIP County Councillor David Simister said: “This just beggars belief. He entered the UK illegally yet it seems when we come to kick him out we are totally impotent. This is the latest example of why we must divorce ourselves from the Human Rights Act.”