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Last Updated: Friday, 26 August 2005, 11:57 GMT 12:57 UK
Protest as Kurds face Iraq return
Campaigners fighting the removal of two failed Kurdish asylum seekers say they fear the pair could be returned to Iraq this weekend.

The two men, Mostapha Kader and Mohammed Nader Sadiq, were detained in Plymouth on 11 August and taken to a detention centre at Gatwick Airport.

Refugee groups claim the pair could be killed if they are sent home and are asking the government to reconsider.

The Home Office said it could not comment on individual cases.

Nor could it confirm when the two Iraqis would be deported.

'Still not safe'

A spokeswoman said: "Enforced returns will be taken forward on a case by case basis.

"We will only enforce returns to areas assessed as sufficiently stable, and where we are satisfied that the individual concerned will not be at risk."

Roya Rafati, of Plymouth-based Refugees First, said the UN refugee agency had stated it was still not safe to return asylum seekers to Iraq.

She said campaigners are planning a demonstration against the deportation of Mr Kader and Mr Sadiq, which could come as early as Sunday.


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