Alleged Albanian gang boss named as he fights Home Office ban to return to UK

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Isuf Dauti is fighting a Home Office order that bans his return to the UK (Image: Express.co.uk)

A MAN accused of running a gang smuggling drugs and people from Albania to the UK has launched a court bid to overturn his travel ban.

Isuf Dauti, 32, who had lived in the UK since 2012, had his indefinite leave to remain revoked by the Home Office on security grounds three years ago after visiting Albania.

The Home Office alleged at a Special Immigration Appeal Commission hearing this month that Mr Dauti had taken over the UK

wing of a major organised crime network after his brother Fation, 38, was banned under the same tactic.

In a victory for press freedom, both brothers can be identified after the Sunday Express successfully challenged orders which granted them anonymity.

Isuf claims he has no involvement in organised crime and poses no security threat, so is seeking to overturn the ban stopping

him returning to the UK.

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His brother Fation Dauti was banned under a similar order in 2019 (Image: Instagram)

In its appeal response, the Home Office wrote: “Among the activities, which the respondent assesses (him) to have engaged in is the importation and distribution of class A drugs and facilitation of illegal migration. (He) is assessed to pose a risk of violence in order to pursue criminal aims and launder proceeds of criminal conduct.”

The Home Office listed seven “organised criminals”, some convicted, who it said he is associated with, including his brother.

Fation was excluded on the same grounds in September 2019 and lost a subsequent appeal in March 2021.

The Home Office added: “Following Fation Dauti’s exclusion, the NCA (National Crime Agency) assessed that (Isuf) ‘assumed a position of responsibility in the OCG (organised crime group)’. (He) is personally active within the drugs trade in the UK as a controlling member.”

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Isuf Dauti denies any involvement in organised crime (Image: Express.co.uk)

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Isuf Dauti rented an apartment in this Chelsea street (Image: Google)

The Home Office said NCA investigators obtained Isuf’s bank statements and rental agreements, which were compared to HMRC evidence.

Despite having a joint income with his now-estranged wife of £26,000 to £30,000 a year, in the six years between 2015 and 2021 they spent around £139,000 on rent, including £2,700 a month for a year to rent a Chelsea apartment from July 2019.

There was spending on items from Harrods, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana.

The Home Office said: “(He) had substantial financial commitments on property he was renting which are difficult to reconcile with his income.”

Mr Dauti denies involvement in crime, drugs or people trafficking and claims he has wrongly been excluded based on the actions of other people he happens to know and he is being singled out just for “being Albanian”.

He denies being a security risk and said the exclusion breaches the EU Settlement Scheme and human rights laws, and his main place of residence is the UK.

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