Asylum seeker to challenge deportation

AN ASYLUM seeker has won the right to a judicial review a day after he was told he would be deported, it was revealed last night.Lawyers representing Anvar Valiyev successfully applied yesterday for a judicial review of the case at the High Court which is likely to take place in the next two or three months.

AN ASYLUM seeker has won the right to a judicial review a day after he was told he would be deported, it was revealed last night.

Lawyers representing Anvar Valiyev successfully applied yesterday for a judicial review of the case at the High Court which is likely to take place in the next two or three months.

The news came as 30 demonstrators protested outside the Ipswich offices of CSV Media, where Mr Valiyev works to train and educate underprivileged people, at the Home Office's decision to deport him.

The 25-year-old, who comes from Uzbekistan, has lived in the UK since applying for asylum in 2001.


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He began working for the charity as a volunteer, working 12 hours a day, and had been given an employment contract for the past six months.

But without warning he was told by immigration officers on Thursday he would be deported and was taken to Harwich Detention Centre, where it was hoped he would be released last night.

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Protestors displayed banners and signs outside the CSV Media building, on the edge of Portman Road, saying: "Anvar Must Stay" and: "He helped a lot of people".

Bruce MacGregor, regional manager for CSV Media, said: "The solicitor rang to say she was successful in securing a judicial review at the High Court. She is faxing the papers down to immigration to see if he can be released tonight.

"It will be at least a couple of months until a hearing. We are hoping the local MP will be able to look at the case and approach the appropriate Home Office minister.

"Many of the clubhouse users have been showing their support and trying to get across the positive message.

"He has been phenomenal. We might be able to keep him in the country as being a highly skilled worker. He is certainly highly skilled.

"Certainly we would not have been able to run this place without him. He has been phenomenal in the training he has delivered and the support he has given to other asylum seekers and young offenders.

"We would be devastated to lose him."

A spokesman for the Home Office said: "We do not comment on individual asylum cases.

"The Immigration Service fully consider every individual case and if they are not entitled to stay in the country then they are asked to leave."

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