Sanel Sahbaz, 30, came to Britain as a child in 1993. Since 2005 he has committed offences of theft, common assault, handling of stolen goods and assaulting a police officer, but lawyers argue that sending him home would separate him from his parents and brother and would breach his rights.
A foreign criminal jailed for a series of violent attacks cannot be deported because it would violate his human rights, it has been ruled.
Sanel Sahbaz, a Bosnian who now lives in Hertford, came to Britain as a child in 1993. Since 2005 he has committed a string of offences including common assault, handling stolen goods, theft, public order offences and assaulting police.
Sahbaz, 30, qualified for automatic deportation after he was jailed for four years, and the Home Office told him he would be sent home.
His lawyers argued that if he was sent back to Bosnia it would separate him from his parents, brother and cousin, who are also in Britain, which would breach his rights.
Last night critics said that the ruling by a judge in the Immigration and Asylum Chamber reinforced the need for urgent reform of immigration laws.