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Immigration detention of Jimmy Kyesswa – 7th September 2016

Thursday 8th September 2016

Jimmy Kyesswa at Manchester Pride 2016

Jimmy Kyesswa at Manchester Pride 2016

We were informed on Thursday 8th September that Jimmy Kyesswa, who has been attending worship with our congregation regularly since November 2015, was detained by the Home Office when he routinely attended the Dallas Court Reporting Centre on Wednesday (7th).

Jimmy’s asylum case is complex and has suffered many refusals while Jimmy has been pursuing it through the appeal stages of the asylum process. He had recently been preparing a fresh asylum claim containing new evidence since his last refusal, and was due to present that claim in person at an arranged appointment with the Home Office in Liverpool on Monday 12th September.

However the decision was taken by the Home Office that he should be detained before he was able to submit his fresh claim. Accordingly, his solicitor submitted Jimmy’s claim as a matter of urgency in the hope that this may result in his release from detention while the fresh claim is considered.

Jimmy is presently held at Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre, Swinderby (between Lincoln and Newark). He is able to receive calls and text messages on his mobile phone – 07459 515588 – and we invite Jimmy’s friends and supporters to send simple text messages of support to him while he awaits the outcome of his solicitor’s actions on his behalf. However, please do not expect a message in return as the usage allowance on Jimmy’s phone is limited and is needed for his essential dealings with his legal representatives.

Update: Wednesday 5th October

Jimmy has been told that his fresh claim has been rejected and that he has no right of appeal against the rejection. He remains in detention at Morton Hall, and his lawyer is investigating the possibility of submitting an application for a judicial review.