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Blunkett in court snub

Issue No. 1815

Home secretary David Blunkett was dealt a blow in court last week in his campaign against a refugee family. When Blunkett threw the Ahmadis out of Britain he claimed they could settle in Germany instead.

But a judge ruled in favour of Feriba and Farid Ahmadi and their two young children last week. He said that there were 'discrepancies' in the Home Office's evidence.

Blunkett's lies had been exposed when the deported Ahmadis were immediately shut away in a detention centre in Germany and now face being sent back to Afghanistan. The Home Office representative in court went through a series of contortions to argue that the government hadn't 'misled' anyone.

He said the promise that the family would be 'housed in the community' in Germany had actually referred to living in a 'community' of refugees in a detention centre! The judge did not rule that the family could immediately return to Britain. The Ahmadis' case is due back in court in two weeks.

To send donations to the Ahmadi campaign phone the Committee to Defend Asylum Seekers on 07941 566 183.

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Sat 31 Aug 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1815
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