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Bernard must stay!

Issue No. 2269

Bernard Batey’s lawyers have temporarily blocked UK Border Agency (UKBA) attempts to deport him to Cameroon in West Africa.

Bernard, who lives in Bury, was detained without warning on Monday of last week and was due to be put on a flight last Saturday.

Bernard’s wife, the playwright Lydia Besong, is also threatened with deportation, but was out when Bernard was taken into detention.

The two could not appeal as they were not informed of the decision to deport them.

A spokesperson for the human rights organisation Rapar said, “The UKBA has not appeared to fulfil its own legal procedures in the way it has conducted its attempt to deport Lydia and Bernard.”

Lydia and Bernard were tortured in Cameroon, and Lydia was raped by a uniformed prison guard.

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Tue 13 Sep 2011, 18:23 BST
Issue No. 2269
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