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Rally for deported family hailed
Sarah Hata and three of her children
Sarah Hata and her family were deported on Wednesday
The organisers of a rally in support of a deported asylum seeker hope it will put pressure on the Home Office to reconsider her case.

Sarah Hata and her children were deported to Uganda from Yarl's Wood detention centre, Beds, on Wednesday.

An estimated 350 people attended a rally in her adopted home town of Wigan on Saturday to protest.

The Friends of Sarah Campaign said its lawyers were seeking a judicial review of her asylum case.

"The school friends of Sarah's children marched from their schools to the town centre to show their support," said spokesman Bill Burrows.

Children join rally protesting at Sarah Hata's deportation
School friends of Ms Hata's children joined the rally

"There were about 350 people at the rally, we were very pleased with the response.

"They are a beautiful family and that's why so many people supported them."

Ms Hata came to the UK three years ago and claimed asylum, saying she had been tortured by government forces, but her application was turned down.

Supporter Dr Frank Arnold, a member of the Medical Justice Network, said the she had scars of torture and her family showed signs of post traumatic stress disorder.

A Home Office spokesman said it did not comment on individual cases.

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