U.K. briefs: Emigration up in Britain, but immigration still high, too
One person emigrates from Britain every three minutes. That’s according to a recent report in The Telegraph newspaper.
That represents the largest emigration in the last 50 years, the paper reported.
Last year, 400,000 people left the country. At the same time, 510,000 foreign migrants moved to the United Kingdom.
Overall, a record 591,000 people moved to Britain last year, although many were natives moving home.
Most of the people moving to Britain were from what is referred to as the New Commonwealth, which includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, The Telegraph reported.
Meanwhile, Britons leaving the isle are mostly bound for four countries: Australia, New Zealand, France and Spain.
Saudi ambassador’s $6M bill lands him in British courtTwo top-of-the-line Chevrolet 4x4s, a thermal night-vision kit for a H2 Hummer, dozens of designer watches and jewels, an $800 take-away meal and a $2,500 Casablanca, Morocco, hotel invoice that reads: “Girls: party night 5.”
These are just some of the allegedly ostentatious spending habits of Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Britain — habits that have landed him with a debt of 3 million pounds, or roughly $6 million, according to a British newspaper.
Prince Mohammed bin Nawwaf bin Abdul Aziz is accused of running up these charges in 2004 and 2005 and was ordered last month to pay the outstanding balance to the Saudi family’s former secretary, Walid El Hage, a Briton of Lebanese descent who claims he footed the bill for such extravagances, The Guardian newspaper reported.
Such charges could normally be waived under diplomatic immunity, but El Hage’s lawyer said in The Guardian article that the charges were incurred before the prince held the ambassador post.
El Hage claims to have picked up the bills for the prince and was never repaid, the newspaper reports.
Last month, the 54-year-old ambassador, nephew of Saudi King Abdullah, was told to pay back his debts, but has ignored the court proceedings, according to The Guardian.
In normal cases, a debtor’s property can be seized, the article states, but under the Vienna convention, diplomats and their London families can get away with activities ranging from shoplifting to refusing to pay a traffic congestion charge.
A meeting to sort the issue out is scheduled for this week, The Guardian reported.
Nurse who admitted giving child insulin gets probationA Scottish nurse received three years’ probation after admitting she intentionally gave a friend’s baby a potentially lethal dose of insulin, published reports said.
Veronica Duncan was spared a jail term by Judge Roger Craik after pleading guilty to assaulting the child, according to a report in The Times.
The judge explained his verdict by saying that Duncan was suffering from a mental condition following the death of her own baby, The Times reported.
The child’s parents expressed disappointment at the sentence.