Cameroonian Asylum Seeker Released from Detention

Human rights campaigner Bernard Batey, who was detained after the police visited his house in Bury, Manchester on September 5th has been freed. He has returned to his home after nearly being repatriated to his home country, Cameroon.

The Asylum seeker was detained by the UK Border agency after his battle to remain in the UK was lost.

Mr Batey deportation was supposed to leave 24 hours before his release. His freedom came as a result of a judge granting an injunction that prohibits his deportation. He is now continuing his legal battle to remain in the UK along with his wife, Lydia Besong.

On Monday the 17th of October, a new judicial review prepared by their new solicitor will held at the Manchester High Court.

Bernard Batey and his wife Lydia Besong fled Cameroon in 2006 alleging that they were being persecuted as a result of their involvement with the SCNC, A pressure group that campaigning for the independence of southern Cameroon.

The coupled were alleged to have been tortured while imprisoned in Cameroon. In addition, Lydia Besong was alleged to being raped by a Cameroonian prison guard.

You can read the story of his arrest here


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