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Deportation injunction welcomed

12 August, 2004

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Human Rights, Aengus Ó Snodaigh has welcomed the granting of a temporary injunction against the deportation of a Nigerian woman, Kate Bamidele. He went on to call on the Minister for Justice to rescind the deportation order and allow the women and her children to remain in Ireland.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "While I welcome the granting of a temporary injunction against Ms Bamidele's deportation what we really need is for the Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell, to rescind the order. It is an absolute disgrace that we as a nation should even contemplate returning this woman to Nigeria, where she faces the prospect of being stoned to death.

"I would also urge the Minister to reconsider and reverse his decision to push ahead his policy of mass deportations of asylum seekers which is neither compassionate, humanitarian or human rights based." ENDS

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