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‘Tunnel walkers’ in Kent court but still no freedom

Issue No. 2488

Campaigners protest outside Canterbury Crown Court

Campaigners protest outside Canterbury Crown Court (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Three refugees appeared before a judge at Canterbury Crown Court on Thursday of last week. They had evaded fences, razor wire and police at the Calais entrance to the Channel Tunnel and walked the 31 miles to Britain.

Farein Vahdani and Payam Moradi from Iran, and Abdul Haroun from Sudan, were arrested separately last year.

They are charged with “obstructing engines or carriages on railways” under section 36 of the 1861 Malicious Damage Act.

Abdul has been granted asylum in Britain. Farein and Payam have not.

Supporters of the three filled the public gallery in the court and held a solidarity protest outside.

Abdul is on bail until 3 March when the judge will hear legal arguments. Legal arguments in the cases of Farein and Payam, who are being held in prison, will be heard on 4 March.

Refugee Help activist Kate Adams told Socialist Worker, “We are determined to see justice for all three. Refugees should not be criminalised.”

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