Deportees Iraqis accuse UKBA officials of roughing them up

They were threatened with beating, if they did not get off the plane

18th June 2010:
The UK Border Agency personnel have been accused of roughing up Iraqi asylum seekers deported from the UK.

They have accused the UKBA personnel to beating them up while get them on and off the plane.

One of the deportees, Sherwan Abdullah, a Kurd, told the BBC they were beaten up by UKBA personnel in an attempt to force them off the plane in Baghdad.

Abdullah said the UKBA personnel grabbed them and threatened them with beating if they did not come down.

He alleged the necks of those unwilling to come out were grabbed so hard the people could not breathe.

As many as 42 Iraqis were `forced returned’ to Baghdad; and they arrived early on Thursday. While six were released swiftly, 36 were reportedly being held at Baghdad airport.

The entire process was carried out in a hush-hush manner and no information of any sort was handed out.

Declining to comment on specific allegations, the UKBA said minimum force would only be used as a last resort when an individual became disruptive or refused to comply.

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