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McGuinness holds Stormont reception for Lordorice Djountsu

12 June, 2007

Sinn Fein MP Martin McGuinness, and his party colleagues Martina Anderson MLA, SF spokesperson on human rights and equality and Alex Maskey South Belfast SF MLA hosted a private meeting with Lordorice Djountsu and human rights campaigners in Stormont regarding her deportation case and her plight.

Mr Mc Guinness has welcomed the news that Lordorice and her 19 month old baby Imelda have now returned to her home in South Belfast after a nightmare detention in England.

Lordorice Djountsu arrived in Belfast in August 2005. Already pregnant, her daughter Imelda was born here in early 2006. She fled from her home in Cameroon following her brutal rape and the murder of her brothers as part of a bitter dispute with a powerful local chief. She was forced to leave her partner behind, who was also attacked and has subsequently disappeared.

Following an unsuccessful claim for asylum, Lordorice and her daughter were picked up by Immigration Officers and were imprisoned in detention for two months awaiting deportation.

He said,

"I welcome the news that last week the judge ruled in favour of Lordorice and Imelda and they have returned home to the six counties. It is important to remember that Lordorice and her baby are innocent of any crime and to treat them as criminals is unacceptable.

"This has been a nightmare case for Ms Djountsu and her 18 month daughter. Sinn Féin campaigned tirelessly on this matter and made several representations to Liam Byrne, the British Immigration minister and my colleague Martina Anderson has highlighted this care with the Human Rights Commissioner Monica Mc Williams also. I am mindful that the battle is not yet over - a new removal date has been set for 22nd June.

"Sinn Féin is wholly committed to the rights for all our people including those who have sought refuge with us. Lordorice and her daughter should now be allowed to live in peace." Deireadh/Ends

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