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Zimbabwe refugee ruling expected
Anti-Mugabe protester outside Zimbabwe Embassy, London
Refugees say they could be persecuted in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwean asylum-seekers are awaiting a crucial test case ruling which could stop the government deporting them.

At a hearing earlier this month, lawyers for an unnamed refugee argued ministers had not properly assessed the risk of abuse faced by deportees.

The Asylum and Immigration Tribunal's decision could prompt a judicial review of the policy by the High Court.

The Home Office denies deportees face abuse but has suspended removals pending the outcome of the test case.

Hunger strike

Lawyers for the refugee told the tribunal how deportees were considered traitors and spies by the President Robert Mugabe's regime.

Zimbabwean asylum seekers staged hunger strikes and public protests at immigration centres earlier this year.

At least 50 people took part in the protest, supported by members of the Zimbabwean community and asylum campaigners.

Some 12,000 people from Zimbabwe claimed asylum in the UK between 2002 and 2004.

The British government has described the regime there as one suffering political and social unrest that has led to death and serious injury.

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