This month we have also been contacted by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) who may be able to challenge wrongful criminal convictions of detainees.
1. If your detainee was an asylum seeker or refugee who was convicted of having no passport or a false passport or entering the UK using deception they may be able to challenge the sentence and/or conviction.
2. Also, if your detainee was a victim of human trafficking and was convicted of an offence that someone else made them commit or they felt forced to commit then the Criminal Cases Review Commission may be able to help.
Contact details for both the CCRC and the solicitor challenging detention of Iranian asylum seekers are available from us at the office.
Jimmy Mubenga (46) died after losing consciousness on British Airways flight 77 to Angola, as it waited to take off on the runway in 2010. G4S guards were restraining him at the time and the guardian reported that passengers witnessed Jimmy... complaining that he couldn't breathe. Charges against G4S have been dropped due to insufficient evidence.
Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jul/17/jimmy-mubenga-guards-no-charges
Anne returned from the ARC detention subgroup meeting in London this month with a wealth of information that may be useful for detainees.
Since November 2011 the Iranian Embassy in London has been closed. This has meant that at this time many Iranian detainees are being held in detention indefinitely with no imminent removal available to the Home Office.
A solicitor in the London area has decided to challenge the detention of Iranian nationals and details are available from us at the office. If you are visiting an Iranian detainee it may be helpful for you to pass this information to them to see if the solicitor is able to help.