Asylum seeker can stay - for now

ASYLUM seeker Anvar Valiyev was today celebrating with friends in Ipswich after winning the latest round of his battle to stay in Britain.The 25-year-old who works for CSV Media was yesterday granted bail as he continues his fight to stay in the country.

ASYLUM seeker Anvar Valiyev was today celebrating with friends in Ipswich after winning the latest round of his battle to stay in Britain.

The 25-year-old who works for CSV Media was yesterday granted bail as he continues his fight to stay in the country.

He fled persecution in his native Uzbekistan and fears he could be imprisoned or killed if he is returned to his homeland.

One section of the Home Office has already granted him a work permit for five years – but another section has not confirmed he will be able to stay in the country to take it up.


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At the end of last month he was arrested by immigration officials and taken to a detention centre in west London to await deportation.

He slashed his wrists in an attempt to avoid being flown out of the country, and as he was receiving medical treatment his legal team launched a new challenge to the deportation.

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Mr Valiyev has now won a judicial review against the deportation, and was yesterday told he could return to Ipswich while it is considered.

"This is a huge relief for everyone who knows Anvar, we are delighted he is coming home," said his friend and campaigner John Row.

"Under the terms of his bail Anvar must not speak publicly about the case, but as a friend I know he is very pleased to be coming back to Ipswich and we will now be redoubling our efforts to ensure he can stay and make use of his work permit to build a secure new life here," Mr Row said.

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