New Hope for UK Hunger Striker

The plane Isa Muazu was on turned back from Nigeria due to an administration error.

Posted: 12/02/2013 01:51 PM EST

Human rights activists in London are planning to stage a vigil on Dec. 3, following the failed deportation attempt by the British Home Office of Nigerian asylum seeker, Isa Muazu. Since his application for asylum was denied, the 45-year-old has been on a hunger strike for more than 100 days. 

Following a Court of Appeal ruling last week that rejected Muazu’s appeal to remain in the U.K., the Home Office, headed by Theresa May, chartered a plane to return him to Nigeria. However on arriving in Lagos the plane was forced to turn back due to an administration error.  

Confirming that Muazu was still in a critical condition and was being held in the medical wing of Hammondsworth immigration removal centre, Jasmin Sallis, a caseworker at the Unity Centre, told that the delay presents new options.

“We’ve now been able to find an immigration lawyer to represent Isa. I spoke to him an hour ago and he’s elated that he’s been able to come back,” Sallis said.

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(Photo: Unity Centre Glasgow)