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Camp deportee may fight decision

Jamal Kiyemba
Mr Kiyemba was studying at De Montfort University

A former Leicester student who was held at Guantanamo Bay may fight a decision not to allow him back into the UK.

Jamal Kiyemba, 27, originally from Uganda, was kept at the US detention camp in Cuba for more than three years.

Human rights group Reprieve said he was unfairly deported to Uganda despite the fact his family live in the UK.

He was imprisoned while on holiday in Pakistan in 2002. Reprieve said US officials claimed he was thinking about going to Afghanistan to fight.

This is his home and he needs to be allowed back to his family
Zachary Katznelson, Reprieve

Mr Kiyemba was released from Guantanamo Bay on 9 February and is now living with cousins in Uganda.

Zachary Katznelson from Reprieve said they had received confirmation from the Home Office stating that former Home Secretary Charles Clarke had made a personal decision to deny entry to Mr Kiyemba, who he believed was a threat to national security.

"What makes this particularly ludicrous is that the United States released him because they decided he was not a threat and didn't have any evidence against him," said Mr Katznelson.

Mr Kiyemba, who had been studying pharmacology at De Montfort University, was born in Uganda and stayed there with his father when his parents separated when he was 18-months-old.

He then came to live with his mother in London when he was 14, after his father died in a road accident.

Legal fight

Mr Katznelson said: "He very much wants to be with his immediate family and wants to continue his education.

"Once he gets his life settled, he will decide what legal options to pursue, whether he wants to fight legally for the right to come back to Britain, which is truly his home."

He added: "It is unfortunate that the government has taken this stance but we think they will eventually come to reason.

"If not, we're perfectly willing and capable of taking them to court and forcing them to show us the evidence.

"The Americans don't have any, so I think any judge looking at this case will think this is crazy.

"This is his home and he needs to be allowed back to his family."

A Home Office spokesman said the ministry was unable to comment on individual cases.


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