I have some more new about Victor Ruttoh, a fellow student at Bradford who is being removed from the UK for a very minor violation of the working hours that his visa allows. You can read previous items from 29th Oct and 26th Oct.
The immigration service have not dropped their case against Victor and unless there is an unlikely complication Victor will be on a plane back to Kenya this evening. He does now have a solicitor who is working with him, both to challenge the removal and for action against the immigration officer who assaulted him, which left him with a badly swollen eye. He has, however, said that he’d rather be back in Kenya than spend another day in the Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre where he has been held for several weeks. From what I’ve heard it sounds like hell on earth in there.
The student union are co-ordinating a petition to hand to the government, asking them to overturn their decision and allow Victor back into the country until January 2005 when his visa was due to expire anyway. This would allow him to complete his studies and get his masters degree. I’ve uploaded the petition here (small PDF) – if you want to collect signatures yourself, please do so and then send the completed sheets to:
University of Bradford Union
When you consider that a plane ticket to Kenya, plus several weeks’ accommodation in a detention centre, costs a lot more than the £15 (or so) that Victor accidently earned extra, I think you’ll agree that this is pretty extreme action to take.