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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 May, 2003, 15:06 GMT 16:06 UK
Asylum seeker handcuffed to bed
Dungavel
Dungavel was opened as a detention centre in 2001

An Iranian asylum seeker under guard in a Scottish hospital has claimed his human rights are being violated.

Reza Garikani fell ill in the Dungavel detention centre, Lanarkshire, on Tuesday and was taken to hospital in East Kilbride.

The Home Office has confirmed he will be chained throughout his treatment at Hairmyres Hospital.

Mr Garikani came to Scotland five years ago with his wife and two children.

He has been regularly checking in at his local immigration office in Glasgow but on Friday he was detained and taken to the Dungavel detention centre to be deported back to Iran.

I asked for the confidence of seeing my client alone and this was refused, which is in complete breach of human rights
Jack Plencey,
Immigration consultant

Mr Garikani suffers from a number of medical problems and fell ill with dangerously high blood pressure.

He was taken to Hairmyres Hospital in handcuffs by two guards where he was being kept away from other patients.

His immigration consultant, Jack Plencey, said he did not deserve the treatment.

"He reported when he was asked to, he's never absconded, he's never given any indication at all that he's dangerous, or even that he might abscond," said Mr Plencey.

"I asked for the confidence of seeing my client alone and this was refused, which is in complete breach of human rights.

"I am now calling for a full inquiry as to why my client's rights have been breached so severely."

Mr Garikani's legal team will lodge a petition for a judicial review into the case on Thursday.

The security firm which runs Dungavel said it was unable to comment on the case.




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