Rwanda migrants — live: Last-ditch legal challenges bid to stop ‘shameful’ deportation flight

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<p>Demonstrators protest outside the Home Office in London against plans to send migrants to Rwanda</p>

Demonstrators protest outside the Home Office in London against plans to send migrants to Rwanda

(PA Wire)

Three Court of Appeal judges yesterday rejected a last-ditch legal effort to block the first flight that will deport Rwandan asylum seekers back to their country.

The judges upheld a High Court ruling last week that the removals could go ahead — rejecting an appeal by two refugee charities and the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union.

The PCS union, and two charities — Care4Calais and Detention Action — had challenged a High Court judge’s refusal to grant an injunction on Friday, which meant that the first flight to Rwanda could go ahead on Tuesday.

It was not clear how many asylum seekers would be on the plane to Rwanda on Tuesday since individual appeals against deportation are expected to continue today.

According to one of the charity organisations, 11 migrants are expected to be removed and seven still had live tickets.

Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters took part in a demonstration outside the Home Office in Westminster.

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Final legal challenges to be heard before flight

Three more asylum seekers — who are due to take a deportation flight on Tuesday — are planning a legal action before their flight, it was reported.

They are among the eight who are on the passenger list for Tuesday’s flight to Rwanda, BBC reported.

On Monday, three Court of Appeal judges rejected a last-ditch legal bid to block the first flight that will deport Rwandan asylum seekers back to their country.

The flight is expected to cost more than £500,000 but ministers have said that this will disrupt the traffickers’ business.

A government spokesperson was quoted as saying that more last-minute legal challenges are expected but maintained that “we will not be deterred” from starting the flights.

Maroosha Muzaffar14 June 2022 05:21

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Hundreds protest outside Home Office against Rwanda deportation plan

A lawyer who attended a protest outside the Home Office has said there is “righteous anger” at the Government’s plan to send some asylum-seekers to Rwanda.

Hundreds of protesters took part in a demonstration outside the Home Office in Westminster on Monday.

Lauren Chaplin, 28, who works as a lawyer in London, attended the protest and called the controversial Government policy “violent and repressive”.

Maroosha Muzaffar14 June 2022 05:02





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