I’m A Celeb star Mo Farah’s ’10-year estrangement’ from deported knife crime brother
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Sir Mo Farah is no stranger to the headlines thanks to his record-breaking career as an Olympic runner.
But the I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here star's brother Ahmed Farah also became a regular in the papers when he was jailed for false imprisonment over his involvement in a knife raid in 2010.
He served four-and-a-half years before being kicked out of the country and sent back to his birthplace in Somalia, as the Sunday Mirror previously revealed.
Last year, a furious Ahmed said that while he didn't expect sympathy, he had wanted a chance to show he was reformed before being sent back to the wartorn nation plagued by floods and famine.
Mo Farah's brother Ahmed was deported in 2016
(Image: John Alevroyiannis/Daily Mirror)
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“I made a huge mistake, but why should I be double punished for something I’ve done?" he said.
“It’s like they’re saying ‘Do the prison time but also do extra detention and be deported’. They say ‘You committed a crime, you put this person through that and they’re going to have to live through it for the rest of their lives’.
“I can’t dispute that.
“But I wasn’t given a chance to show I was reformed. It was my first time in jail. They didn’t give me a chance to prove I’d changed.”
Ahmed claimed he had not spoken to Mo for 10 years but said he bore no grudges.
He added: “I’m proud of Mo and everything he achieved. Mo has nothing to do with my deportation."
Ahmed claimed he hadn't seen Mo for more than 10 years
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Of his crime, he continued: “Years ago, if they said this would be the outcome, I would have acted differently that night.
“I had just turned 20. I can’t blame it on anything. I made a mistake. I had to work at the age of 16 so my younger brother could have food and clothes and all of that stuff.
“When Mo was around he was an older brother to me, but I had to learn everything for myself.”
Ahmed recalled his fear at being dispatched to Africa after living in London most of his life.
He went on: “I was scared. I was being thrown into a place that was completely alien to me. It was a shock to the system. I had no plan whatsoever, not a penny, no family in sight.
“I slept in a hotel for a while. Eventually I found an uncle who took me in. I stayed with him for a while.
“Now I’m flowing about from sofa to sofa, but nowhere I could call home.
“I’m 4,000 miles from my family. I haven’t seen my family in three years. My mum, my brother, my blood.
Ahmed Farah said he didn't want sympathy, but did hope for a chance to prove he was reformed
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“People that mean things to me.”
Ahmed was three and Mo was eight when they and another brother, Wahib, moved to the UK with their father Muktar in 1991.
Mo’s twin brother Hassan remained in Somalia, where civil war was raging. In England the siblings drifted apart after Ahmed’s younger brother Mahad was born in 1994.
The family suffered racist abuse and Muktar took the three youngest boys to live on another council estate with their mum Nimco.
Mo stayed with his aunt Kinsi in Hanworth, South West London – as his dad felt she was better able to support his sporting ambition.
Mo still visited the younger boys, who idolised him, every week. But as he worked his way towards 5,000 and 10,000 metres glory, they gradually fell out of touch.
Mo is now married and has three children with wife Tania. They have a home in London and he spends much of his time training in the US.
Mo’s spokesman did not respond to requests for comment when approached by the Sunday Mirror at the time.
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The Home Office said: “Mr Farah’s deportation was delayed because he submitted a number of appeals and legal challenges. At any point he could have voluntarily returned to Somalia.
“Foreign nationals who abuse our hospitality by committing crimes in the UK should be in no doubt of our determination to deport them at the earliest opportunity. We have removed more than 50,000 foreign national offenders since 2010.”
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