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Mr Charles moved, not deported

24 August 2011

by Ed Thornton

THE Home Office decided not to deport an asylum-seeker in Sheffield last Friday, despite his losing his appeal to remain in the UK (News, 19 August).

A statement from the Free Justice Campaign on Wednesday said that Justice Charles was moved from Colnbrook Immigration Centre, near Heathrow Airport, to Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre in Lincolnshire. Campaigners said they would “continue to ensure [that Mr] Charles receives indefinite leave to remain in the country”.

Mr Charles, who has lived in Sheffield since 2002, married Ruby Senior in 2008 at St Mary’s, Bramhall. Mr and Mrs Charles had been in a relationship since 2003, and rejected Home Office suggestions that theirs was a sham marriage (News, 29 October 2010).

Graham Wroe, a campaigner, said that he was “very concerned” for Mrs Charles, a lupus-sufferer who depends on her husband to care for her. “The events of this week have shown how much this couple love each other. The Home Office can’t possibly argue that this is a sham marriage.”

Rob Unwin, another campaigner, said that he was “very relieved” that Mr Charles had been moved out of Colnbrook, especially in light of two recent deaths at the detention centre.

Mr and Mrs Charles’s Vicar, Canon Julian Sullivan, has supported them, saying that they had satisfied both legal and pastoral scrutiny over their marriage. He described the system as “inhumane and un­generous” in the way it kept asylum-seekers in limbo.

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