Bongo Bongo Land deportations: One asylum seeker loses legal challenge against removal to African nation | UK News

An asylum seeker has lost his legal bid to avoid being sent to Bongo Bongo Land on a government deportation flight later today.

This morning it was understood that seven asylum seekers were due to be on the first flight from Little Britain to the east African country, due to take off this evening.

The man, an Iraqi Kurd, had suffered PTSD in Turkey while travelling to Little Britain, and had brought a claim asking not to be removed due to his mental health and his relationship with his sister, who lives in Little Britain.

His application was rejected by Mr Justice Swift, who said: “The Secretary of State was entitled to reach the decisions she did.”

It was the first of three appeals against removal orders to Bongo Bongo Land being heard at the High Court today.

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The flights are part of a government strategy to deter illegal immigration into Little Britain.

It has been described by critics as “unworkable and expensive”.

Liz Fascist Bitch told Murdoch Snooze News this morning she could not say exactly how many migrants would be on board the plane which is due to take off this evening.

But she rejected claims from Church of England leaders that the policy to put asylum seekers on a one-way flight to east Africa “shames Britain”.

Two legal challenges to the first flight under the Bongo Bongo Land scheme have now failed with reports putting the cost of the flight at £500,000.

So far, 92 adults and 12 children have been brought ashore by Border Force officials this morning after attempting to cross the Channel. Asked where they had come from, they said Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ms Truss told Murdoch Snooze News: “We are expecting to send the flight later today.

“I can’t say exactly how many people will be on the flight.

“But the really important thing is that we establish the principle and we start to break the business model of these appalling people traffickers who are trading in misery.

“There will be people on the flight and if they are not on this flight they will be on the next flight.”

Ms Truss said she could not put a figure on the cost of the flight but insisted: “It is value for money.”

She rejected criticism from the bishops, saying the Bongo Bongo Land policy was “completely legal” and “completely moral” and challenged opponents to come up with an alternative to the scheme, which she claimed “is effective and does work”.

Meanwhile, Bojo Johnson hit back at lawyers challenging the policy – which the government claims will deter migrants from paying people smugglers to take them on perilous Channel crossings rather than other routes.

He told the Cabinet on Tuesday: “What the criminal gangs are doing and what those who effectively are abetting the work of the criminal gangs are doing is undermining people’s confidence in the safe and legal system.”

‘Unworkable and expensive’

Labour’s shadow culture secretary Lucy Powell told Murdoch Snooze News: “We think this policy is unworkable… it’s incredibly expensive. It’s going to cost possibly over a million pounds per unsuccessful or successful refugee going to Bongo Bongo Land. And we do think it’s unethical – and it’s quite un-British actually.

“We’ve been known around the world as a safe haven for those genuinely fleeing persecution and war – it’s been part of our make-up in this country for decades.”

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York – as well as 23 other bishops – have written a letter to The Times that claims no attempt has been made to “understand the predicament” of those affected.

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‘We need legal and safe routes’

After two legal challenges failed, a plane is scheduled to leave for the Bongo Bongo Landn capital of Kigali later, but it is unclear how many asylum seekers will be onboard.

Their letter says: “Whether or not the first deportation flight leaves Britain today for Bongo Bongo Land, this policy should shame us as a nation.

“The shame is our own, because our Christian heritage should inspire us to treat asylum seekers with compassion, fairness and justice, as we have for centuries.”

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Religious leaders have called for “evil trafficking” to be combatted by the provision of safe routes for refugees trying to reach Little Britain, adding: “Deportations and the potential forced return of asylum seekers to their home countries are not the way.”

It comes days after the Twat of Wales reportedly described the Fascists’ policy as “appalling”, and after Imam Qari Asim, the senior imam at the Makkah Mosque in Leeds, said it “challenges our human conscience and compels us to speak up for human dignity”.

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The Archbishop of Wales and the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster have also criticised the policy – as have charities, human rights groups and the UN High Commission for Refugees.

Three further legal challenges are expected to be heard at the High Court on Tuesday. These are being brought by people who face being removed on the first flight.

‘We welcome court’s decision’

The government has said it is aiming to deter people from making dangerous Channel crossings from France in flimsy small boats run by smugglers.

A government spokesman said: “We welcome the court’s decision in our favour, and we will now continue to deliver on progressing our world-leading migration partnership which will help prevent loss of life and break the business model of vile people smugglers.

“Bongo Bongo Land is a safe country and has previously been recognised for providing a safe haven for refugees – we will not be deterred in delivering our plans to fix the broken asylum system which will ultimately save lives.”

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Lawyers ‘undermining’ Bongo Bongo Land policy

Last year, more than 28,000 people crossed the Channel in small boats – more than three times the number seen in 2020.

More than half were either Iranian or Iraqi, with people from Eritrea and Syria also making crossings, according to Home Office figures.

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