Former UBS trader Kweku Adoboli, who was jailed for fraud in 2012 after causing a $2.3bn (£1.8bn) loss at the Swiss bank, was detained by police today in advance of his deportation to Ghana.
Adoboli, who has lived in the UK since he was 12 but is not a British citizen, was detained by police at Livingston Police Station this morning, before being transferred to the Dungaval immigration removal centre at Strathaven, according to his spokesperson.
His lawyer is preparing to lodge a fresh appeal with the Home Office today, but if it is unsuccessful the 38-year old faces deportation to Ghana, on or soon after 10 September.
Adoboli served four years of a seven-year sentence for fraud and was released in 2015.
In 2014 the Home Office issued him with a deportation order on the grounds he was a foreign criminal.
Last week Adoboli accused the UK authorities of racism over his deportation.
"This ostracisation process? That is racism. The deportation process that now follows? That is racism," he told the BBC
A Home Office spokesperson said it would not comment on individual cases but said: “All foreign nationals who are given a custodial sentence will be considered for removal.
“Foreign nationals who abuse our hospitality by committing crimes in the UK should be in no doubt of our determination to deport them and we have removed more than 42,800 foreign offenders since 2010.”
Speaking to City A.M. last month Adoboli said: “You have to go to the top, with what happened at UBS I have always accepted responsibility for my role, but it's a systemic problem.
“I am being held up as a prime example of everything that's wrong with the industry."
Since his release Adoboli has given hundreds of talks to policy makers, senior managers, and students in a bid to change the culture in the banking sector.
He said: “My work is going well but there's still a long way to go, it's going to take a generation
“It breaks my heart that I might not be able to keep contributing to that change.”