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Convert to Christianity deported

16 July 2009

by Pat Ashworth

ADVOCATES for asylum-seekers failed to prevent the de­por­tation to Kabul on Tuesday of Sul­tan Muham­med, an Afghan convert to Chris­tianity who has lived in Nottingham since 2003.

Mr Muhammed fled Afghanistan when circumstances became danger­ous for him. He converted to Chris­tianity two years ago, and attended St Barnabas’s RC Cathedral and St Peter’s, an Anglican church.

Campaigners at the Rainbow Pro­ject, in Hyson Green, were alerted too late to prevent his deportation. It was hoped that letters from the RC Bishop of Nottingham, the Rt Revd Malcolm McMahon, and the Bishop of South­well & Nottingham, the Rt Revd George Cassidy, might carry some weight, but it was too late.

“The shortness of time just tied our hands,” said Diane Skerrit of the Rainbow Project on Wednesday.

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