Justice for Justice Charles campaign launched

The 35-year-old asylum seeker is facing deportation
17th August 2011: You can log on to a programme for helping Sheffield-based Justice Charles out.
The 35-year-old asylum seeker, who arrived in the UK from Sierra Leone in 2002 without a UK visa, is facing deportation. For impressing upon the Home Office to reconsider its decision on his deportation, an online campaign has been launched.

Currently, Justice is being held in a detention centre pending deportation. The online petition, started in August 2010, has so far received 136 signatures.

The campaign claims Justice was attacked by rebels while he was delivering food aid to the country during the civil war declared over in 2002. At that time, Justice was working with the UN.

According to the UK Visa Bureau, the campaign also claims the troubles continued for Justice as former rebels kept on threatening him. As a result, he fled to the UK. He has now married a British woman.

But Justice was arrested Thursday last as he was attending a pre-arranged appointment with the UK Border Agency.

Justice was told of his impending deportation to Sierra Leone. in May and is said to have attempted suicide.

His wife, Ruby Senior, aged 46, claims the Border Agency officials have accused the couple of having a ‘sham marriage’, which they deny.

A UK Border Agency spokesman said Justice’s case has been fully considered and it has been found he is not in need of protection. This decision was upheld at appeal by an immigration judge. Where individuals are found to have no right to be in the UK, they expect them to leave voluntarily. If they fail to do so, the UK Border Agency enforces their removal.

Headed by the Committee to Defend Asylum Seekers, the campaign has attracted the attention of Sheffield Central MP Paul Bloomfield.

He has already written to the Home Office in support of Justice. This is not all. The vicar of the church, attended by Justice and his wife, has also written to the Border Agency to confirm their membership and active participation.

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