The UK Borders Agency is continuing attempts to deport Roseline Akhalu, a seriously ill woman, despite accepting that deportation will lead to her death.
Home secretary Theresa May has insisted that Rose faces a new appeal hearing in London on Thursday of this week. May has already accepted that Rose will die within weeks of being returned to Nigeria.
Over 1,700 people have signed a petition demanding that Rose be allowed to live. Her friends and supporters will be travelling by coach from Leeds to the hearing on Thursday where a vigil will be held outside the court from 12.30pm.
Rose’s lawyer, Tessa Gregory from Public Interest Lawyers, said, “Rose is an upstanding and deeply loved member of her local community whose health and wellbeing has been seriously compromised by the cruel and senseless determination of the UK Border Agency to pursue her through the courts—in spite of two judges finding in her favour and in spite of the unnecessary cost to the public purse which far outweighs the cost of her treatment.”