Zahir, not his real name, fled Iraq earlier this year and arrived in the UK in March, where he was only told he would be deported to Rwanda as part of the government’s migration policy – before being held in a detention center where he claims to have been attacked by security forces
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An asylum seeker en route to Rwanda on a British deportation flight claims he was punched, kicked and pushed by security forces.
Zahir, not his real name, fled Iraq earlier this year and arrived in the UK in March – before being told he would be deported to Rwanda as part of the government’s migration policy. Sky news reported.
The first flight to Rwanda was due to leave the UK last night but a decision at the eleventh hour over the fate of the asylum seekers on board led to it being cancelled.
The flight, scheduled at 10.30pm on Tuesday night, was expected to cost hundreds of thousands of pounds, with just seven asylum seekers on board.
Zahir, 25, was being held at Colnbrook House detention center near Heathrow Airport while waiting to board the plane.
He claims security officers working for the private company Mitie broke into his waiting room and grabbed his hands and feet.
Zahir told Sky, “There were four of them, two of them take my hands, others take my feet and one of them grabbed my head.”
Zahir went on to describe telling officers he would willingly follow their orders to prevent them from using violence.
However, Zahir claims security forces continued to “kick and push” him and threatened that they would be “tied up” if they moved “too much”.
Less than a month after arriving in the UK, Zahir was told he would be among the first to be deported on a flight to Rwanda.
However, Zahir did not make it on the plane after being told his ticket had been canceled when he arrived at Boscombe Down in Amesbury, where the flight was due to depart.
The flight schedule was thrown into chaos when one of the seven expected migrants on board, an Iraqi national, became the first to receive a late reprieve from the European Court of Human Rights with an urgent injunction. According to reports, a second one was also allowed to stay here. The court is understood to have considered a number of other applications.
Enver Solomon, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council, said last night: “While we are relieved to hear that the flight to Rwanda did not take off as planned tonight, it is clear that the Government remains committed to moving forward with this deal – and our opportunity.” allows us to continue to witness the human suffering, hardship and chaos that impending removal will cause with far-reaching consequences for desperate people who simply need safety.
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“The fact that the last flight failed to take off is a testament to the inhumanity of the plan and the government’s utter refusal to see the face behind the case.”
Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union, said: “We are pleased that the courts have decided to ground this flight.
“It is time for the government to end this inhumane policy, which is the lowest of all gesture policies, and get serious about clarifying the asylum system so that those who come to our country seeking refuge are treated fairly and according to the law.” will.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel said she was disappointed that the flight to Rwanda could not depart but “wouldn’t let that stop me from doing the right thing”.
A Home Office source told the Mirror last night: “It is appalling that despite repeated rulings by local judges, a judge at the European Court of Human Rights has stopped the resettlement of illegal migrants.”
Mitie told Sky that “restraint will only be used as a last resort”.
In a statement to the broadcaster, the company said it should ensure the safety of its employees and travelers.
They said: “This includes avoiding injury or self-harm. Our focus is to treat those in our care with dignity and respect and we are confident that our officers have acted in a professional manner.”
The Mirror has reached out to Mitie for comment.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/asylum-seeker-claims-hit-kicked-27245534 Asylum seeker claims he was "beaten and kicked" by security forces before being deported to Rwanda