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Refugees’ last minute reprieve

Issue No. 2287

Campaigners won a last minute stay of deportation for two Cameroonian asylum seekers last week.

Lydia Besong and her husband Bernard Batey were due to be deported on an Air France flight at 8.20am last Saturday morning.

Their supporters didn’t lose hope and kept bombarding the authorities and the airline with letters and emails. A judge granted a judicial review at 5pm on Friday evening.

The couple had been issued with a removal order by the UK Border Agency on 10 January, despite still awaiting a decision on an earlier claim.

Lydia and Bernard’s solicitor Gary McIndoe said, “It’s an excellent result. It’s a battle won but we have a war to fight.”

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Tue 24 Jan 2012, 18:08 GMT
Issue No. 2287
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