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Plea over asylum family detention
Dungavel detention centre
The Narantsogt family are being held at Dungavel
A campaign group has urged First Minister Jack McConnell to intervene in the case of a family of asylum seekers who face deportation.

The Narantsogt family, from Mongolia, lived in Liverpool before being transferred to the Dungavel detention centre in Lanarkshire.

Jugder, 38, Shinee, 37, and their children Evsaana, 17, and Misheel, aged eight, were taken on 3 June.

Positive Action in Housing said the first minister should help them.

A spokesman for the Scottish Executive said issues relating to Dungavel were a matter for the Home Office, while the latter said it would not comment on individual cases.

The family are said to fear for Mr Narantsogt's life if they are forced to return to Mongolia.

Robina Qureshi
In a matter of days, this little girl has gone from being Liverpool's princess to Scotland's prisoner
Robina Qureshi
They fled the country two years ago after Mr Narantsogt, who is a provincial head of the Mongolian Democratic Party, was arrested for opposing the ruling Communist Party.

The family then settled in Liverpool, but have since had two asylum appeals rejected.

Misheel Narantsogt was set to be a princess at the Liverpool lord mayor's parade on 10 July.

Positive Action in Housing said she was upset at being taken from her home.

Campaign director Robina Qureshi said: "In a matter of days, this little girl has gone from being Liverpool's princess to Scotland's prisoner.

Community plea

"Misheel's parents don't know how to tell her they are virtual prisoners in Dungavel, even though she is begging them to take her back home.

"We hope First Minister Jack McConnell will do what he can to help free this little girl whose dream it is to be Liverpool's princess.

"The family have not flouted any immigration rules and are willing to report regularly to the local police station so that they can live back in the community while their case is properly considered."

First Minister Jack McConnell
Jack McConnell has been urged to intervene

Shinee Narantsogt said her daughter's dream was to become a model and that she was "over the moon" about her role in the parade.

"They have given us a few days but we still cannot get a reply from the Home Office," Shinee said.

"We told her she is in a castle like a princess but she doesn't believe it."

A spokesman for the Home Office said detaining families with children at Dungavel was "very regrettable".

"Obviously, it is not ideal for any child to be detained," he said.

"It happens in only a small number of cases and is always kept to the minimum necessary.

"The vast majority of families which are detained will be held for very short periods, often for just a few days and very often just prior to their removal from the UK."

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