Woman gets last minute reprieve against deportation

The newspaper reported yesterday that Roselyn Mujaranji, 23, was due to be deported on the 7.55am plane from Heathrow to Hamburg today.

But campaigners appealed against her deportation on the grounds that she was in ill-health and a medical assessment had not been carried out.

And the family was told late yesterday afternoon that the appeal had been granted and she would not be flying to Germany.

Her uncle Ignatius Chihata, 32, said: “It’s a very good feeling for us but obviously we don’t know whether she will be able to stay in the UK in the future.

“I would like to thank The Evening News for running a story about Roselyn. I’m sure the publicity helped and, maybe, the UK Border Agency decided that it had to go by the book and cancelled her flight.”

Amanda Caistor, chairman of the Norwich Justice and Peace Group, which had helped Roselyn, was thrilled with the news.

She said: “There was no reason why she was being deported in the first place. But she has been granted a reprieve so a medical or psychiatric assessment can be made, after we appealed under the Dublin Convention.

“I have spoken to Roselyn and she is over the moon. She said she did not think she could bear being deported to Germany.”

As reported, Roselyn was living with her aunt Christine Mujaranji Chihata, 27, and her uncle in Three Score, Bowthorpe until last week, but her appeal for a judicial review to remain in the country as an asylum seeker failed, and she was taken to Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre in Bedfordshire prior to deportation.

The young woman fled Zimbabwe in March after she was tortured and her mother was killed by supporters of Robert Mugabe’s internationally condemned ruling party.

She took the first flight she could get out of the country and arrived in Norwich from Germany.

But the UK Border Agency said that as Germany was the first safe country she arrived at, under the Dublin Convention she should return there to seek asylum.

But her uncle and aunt said that, as they are her only family in the world, she should be allowed to stay with them in a country where she speaks the language and has family.

A UK Border Agency spokesman said: “We would not remove anyone from the UK while there are outstanding applications or representations on their case. Every asylum application is considered with utmost care and in line international legislation.”
(Norwich Evening News)