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NUJ member Sarwar Gareb released from immigration detention

28 January 2009

A Leicester-based Iraqi journalist has been released from detention after protests from fellow NUJ members. Sarwar Gareb, aged 35, fled Kurdistan to escape persecution.

He had worked for the newspaper of the Worker Communist Party of Iraq.

Sarwar Gareb was taken to the Campsfield House immigration detention centre near Oxford last week and was due to be deported back to Iraq. The NUJ expressed fear for his safety and called for protests on his behalf.

Sarwar Gareb was released this afternoon and given temporary admission to the UK.

Chris Morley, NUJ Northern Organiser, said:

“I have spoken to Sarwar’s lawyer who is confident that the home office will now look again at his case.

“Thanks to everyone who protested. Please now sign the petition which has been set up to call for Sarwar to be given indefinite leave to stay."



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