A doctor allegedly involved in torture by Saddam Hussein’s regime has been allowed to continue living in Birmingham under human rights laws.
Father-of-three Mohammed Kassim Al-Byati, who has a four-bedroom house in Northfield, formerly worked at hospitals in Solihull and Wolverhampton, despite being a suspected war criminal.
Al-Byati’s stay in Britain has been extended by at least six months because Iraqi immigration chiefs say sending him home would put his life in jeopardy.
The UK Border Agency has rejected his claim for asylum and wants to send him back to Iraq.
But under the Human Rights Act, people are not allowed to be deported to countries where they are at risk or ill treatment or torture.
Al-Byati, 46, is reported to have worked for the Iraqi Intelligence Agency where his job was to patch up torture victims, before they were brutalised again.
The medic admitted knowing he was treating torture victims but said he did not collude in the atrocities.
“I’ve done my job as a doctor, nothing more,” Al-Byati has said. “For me, I was the one who was helping them.”
The doctor has worked as a rheumatologist and locum registrar treating thousands of patients in the UK since 2002, and worked in the Midlands since 2004.
An official said that after six months Al-Byati’s “restricted discretionary leave” will be reviewed.
Until then, he will live at his house in Northfield under strict conditions.
The doctor will not be able to work without the permission of the Home Secretary Theresa May and must report to officials once a month.
Al-Byati arrived in the UK in 2000 and was given a permit to work as a NHS doctor by the Labour government in 2004.
It is claimed immigration checks failed to uncover his role with the Iraqi Intelligence Agency.
In 2007, the doctor allegedly contacted the Home Office to confess his past so he could claim asylum and continue working at a hospital in Wales.