Student visa scam in UK facilitated entry of terror suspects

April 14th, 2009 - 2:07 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr.14 (ANI): A student visa scam has surfaced in Britain. A bogus college is reported to have sold places on fake courses to hundreds of Pakistanis seeking entry to Britain.

According to The Times, the Manchester College of Professional Studies acted as a gateway to Britain for foreigners willing to pay 50 pounds for the letter of admission that earned them a student visa.

Abdul Wahab Khan, 26, one of ten Pakistani nationals still in detention after terror raids last week in the North West, was registered at the college as an English-language student, the paper reports.

A former employee has told The Times that more than a hundred young Pakistani men, most from the country’s troubled North West Frontier Province, came to Britain after being enrolled as students at the college.

He said that no classes were taught at the college. It had only two classrooms, no genuine teachers and sat among a cluster of Asian businesses on a busy suburban road.

The college, which operated for two years, shut down last July after a Home Office raid prompted by “concerns about irregularities”, according to the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

The Home Office was unable last night to confirm any inquiry focusing on the Manchester campus of Bradford College of Professional Studies “due to the ongoing police investigation” into alleged terrorism. (ANI)

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