Deportation of Lord Elias Mensah Apetsi delayed

Deportation of Lord Elias Mensah Apetsi delayed

- The deportation of  Lord Elias Mensah Apetsi which was scheduled for 11pm on Tuesday was halted after a student protest outside the Scotland Office on Monday, March 21

- Personalities who joined the  #SaveLord campaign  included Member of Scottish Parliament, John Finnie, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon,  and Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie 

-  There has not been an official statement on the status of Lord yet

Deportation of Lord Elias Mensah Apetsi delayed

Strathclyde University masters student, Lord Elias Mensah Apetsi faces deportation from Scotland

The deportation of  Lord Elias Mensah Apetsi, a Ghanaian student and asylum seeker in Scotland, which was scheduled for 11pm on Tuesday was halted after a student protest outside the Scotland Office on Monday, March 21.

Although, there has not been an official statement on the status of Lord yet, campaigners for his stay in Scotland have announced on social media that the intended deportation on Tuesday was delayed.

The delayed deportation was due to the strong voices in the #SaveLord campaign which included Member of Scottish Parliament, John Finnie, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon,  Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie among others.

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Over 100 people, mainly students,  demonstrated on Monday to demand that officials act to prevent the deportation of Lord Elias Mensah Apetsi after a “human error” saw his paperwork turned in out of time.

Glasgow MPs Patrick Grady and Chris Stephens joined Strathclyde University students in London in support of the father, who was recently elected refugee and asylum seeker officer for National Union of Students (NUS) Scotland.

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Vonnie Sandlan, president of NUS Scotland tweeted to inform and congratulate protestors on the impact of their campaign. She said,"Yes-as we celebrate that Lord is still in the UK for now, spare a thought for those being deported tonight "

Lord has been in the UK for nine years and has a son and stepson. The Strathclyde University masters student living in Glasgow was detained on Friday March 11 after reporting to the Border and Immigration Agency in Brand Street, Glasgow.

He is required to do so every month as part of his asylum agreement.  But this time, he was taken into custody after it emerged that a fresh application for Leave to Remain had not been submitted on time.

 

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