UPDATE: Mother and 8 year old Son free from Oakington 'Prison'
02 Jan 2005 05:00 GMT
MON 13th December UPDATE: Miguel and Lina were released a few days ago... An 8 year old child and his mother who had been aggressively removed from their home in Bristol and were then held at a secure facility outside Gatwick airport have been moved to Oakington and are facing imminent deportation to Colombia. The mother was strip searched and left in her bra and knickers under the full gaze of male police officers before being allowed to pack one small bag of their personal belongings.Miguel, 8 years old, is a much loved member of the St Nicholas of Tolentine RC primary school. His first action after detention was to write a letter apologising for his absence and is still looking forward to and practising for his tap dance routine at the school’s Christmas show on 13th December.Lina & Miguel began the Fast Track legal farce on Saturday 4th December in the afternoon, theoretically a 7 day process where their entire case is heard, judged and appealed in a week. Oakington has a near perfect record in rejecting cases heard this way, and deporting immediately.Read more on Bristol Indymedia: In Prison - In YOUR name | Merry Xmas Miguel
See http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2004/12/302230.html for the full article.