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McGuinness announces news on Lordorice and Imelda case

15 June, 2007

Sinn Féin MP Martin McGuinness met Tony Blair in London on Wednesday and raised the deportation case of Lordorice and Imelda Djountsu, a Cameroonian family who have lived in South Belfast for two years.

Today he spoke to British Home Secretary, John Reid, and following this conversation he said,

"Today John Reid, British Home Secretary, agreed to defer the deportation case for two weeks to allow time to review the situation. I welcome this temporary repreive and I will use this time to press the British governmentt to lift the threat of deportation against the family and to allow Lordorice and her daughter to stay in Belfast.

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."

Lordorice and her 15 month old baby Imelda returned to her home in South Belfast after a nightmare detention in England last Friday. The Sinn Fein MP, and his party colleagues Martina Anderson MLA, SF spokesperson on human rights and equality and Alex Maskey South Belfast SF MLA hosted a meeting with Lordorice Djountsu and human rights campaigners in Stormont regarding her deportation case and her plight on Tuesday. Deireadh/Ends

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