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False asylum claim leads to jail

PUBLISHED: 22:00 26 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:14 03 March 2010

TWO asylum seekers who lied to the authorities in a bid to stay in this country have been jailed.

Farman Said, 19, who claimed to be an Iraqi asylum seeker was jailed for three months and Jafar Naseri, 21, who claimed to be an Iranian asylum seeker was jailed for four months.

TWO asylum seekers who lied to the authorities in a bid to stay in this country have been jailed.

Farman Said, 19, who claimed to be an Iraqi asylum seeker was jailed for three months and Jafar Naseri, 21, who claimed to be an Iranian asylum seeker was jailed for four months.

They were both committed to Ipswich Crown Court for sentence from South East Magistrates for seeking to obtain leave to remain in the UK through deception.

Robert Sadd, prosecuting, said Said had filled in an application for asylum in a false name after his first application was turned down.

Naseri had also filled in an application for asylum in a false name in Felixstowe after fleeing from a refugee centre in Glasgow where he claimed he had suffered racial abuse.

Mr Sadd said that Naseri's situation was different from Said's as he filled in his second application for asylum before his first application had been decided on by the authorities.

Their dishonesty was discovered because their fingerprints and photographs were taken by the authorities when they made their initial applications.

Ian Dyble, for Said, said he had filled in a fresh application for asylum in a false name because he claimed he had not received any benefits and had nothing to live on after his first application was refused.

Jonathan Goodman, for Naseri, said his client had sought asylum in the UK because he feared for his life in Iran.

He said Naseri had been in custody for one month.

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