A notorious Muslim luggage thief has been jailed for eight months after causing a bomb scare that shut down Dusseldorf Airport at a cost of over £1million. The important question should be, why was he allowed to keep returning to the UK after being deported so many times?
UK Daily Mail Algerian Hakim Benmakhlouf – deported from Britain four times for stealing luggage at London airports and five star hotels – was recently jailed by a judge in Dusseldorf for theft of the suitcase.
He has repeatedly embarrassed the Home Office by making a mockery of lax border controls and sneaking in after being deported and was even once paid £3,000 by the Government to leave Britain – only to return the next day on the Eurostar and continue his one-man crime-wave. Benmakhlouf was given an Asbo banning him from Heathrow after repeatedly sneaking back into Britain to prey on rich tourists.
He has now been arrested in Germany in October 2013 after he abandoned a stolen suitcase and sparked a bomb scare that shut down Dusseldorf airport for an hour, causing 140 flights to be cancelled. Benmakhlouf, 31, stole an Arab sheikh’s suitcase at Germany’s Dusseldorf airport but swiftly abandoned it when he found it contained only cinnamon and flour. The discarded case, sporting a picture of a London double decker bus passing Big Ben, soon sparked a major security alert.
The airport is now suing him for £1.1 million in compensation and he faces further claims from individual passengers who missed their flights.