Home Office deportation flight to Jamaica leaves UK despite outrage and court ruling
A BRITISH deportation flight to Jamaica has left the UK despite widespread outrage and a court ruling which meant dozens of those scheduled to be removed were granted last-minute reprieve. WITH a ring of the Wind-rush saga still tingling in the background, it is important to note it is fair to say we smell something fishy.
Downing Street said 17 people were on the flight while 25 remained in the UK because of a Court of Appeal ruling.
On Monday night a judge ordered the Home Office not to deport men who had not been granted adequate access to legal advice in the Heathrow detention centres. They had been denied access to working sim cards following a mobile phone signal outage that prevented them from consulting lawyers.
The department attempted to get the ruling overturned in the hours before the flight but its application for reconsideration was rejected by the Court of Appeal shortly before 1am on Tuesday.
As well as those who were wrongly deported, an unknown number were wrongly detained, lost their jobs or homes, or were denied benefits or medical care to which they were entitled. A sizable number of long-term UK residents were wrongly refused re-entry to the UK, and a larger number were threatened with immediate deportation by the Home Office.