Toufique Hossain, Public law/Immigration law Director of legal firm Duncan Lewis appeared on BBC London News on the 02/12/2013.
Toufique’s appearance, regarding the case of Isa Muazu v SSHD, has added to the momentum of media coverage that has quickly built up around the case; which was taken over by Duncan Lewis Solicitors.
After being deported to his native country of Nigeria on Friday, Mr Muaza’s privately chartered flight had to be turned back round after what was believed to be the Nigerian authorities not granting clearance to land.
Mr Muazu sought asylum in the UK fearing that he would be killed by Islamic Extremists if he was to be returned back to Nigeria. The Home Office rejected his arguments and attempted to deport him on Friday, despite the fact that 100 days of protest hunger strike had rendered him “close to death”.
The privately-chartered jet carrying Mr Muazu was in the air a number of hours, but it is believed that the Nigerian Authorities did not wish to give the pilot landing rights; reasons for which are unclear.
It is thought that the plane had to stop in Malta for sveral hours before returning to the UK.
Following the ordeal, Mr Muaza has been returned to the medical wing at Harmondsworth. The Home Office refused to comment on the latest developments of the case, but are understood to be working with the Nigerian government to try and secure Mr Muaza’s removal.
Toufique commented on Mr Muaz’s situation on BBC London News;
“This is a man who remains seriously ill. He did not want to be returned. He went through the trauma of having to be put on the plane knowing that his case was refused, then to be held in transit for several hours not knowing again what was going on, only to then be told that he was back (in the UK). He is very distressed and still does not know what is going on.”
Tofique Hossain is the Director of legal 500 recommended Duncan Lewis' Public law/Immigration law departments and has been recommended by the Legal 500 for his work in Public Law.
You can see Toufique's appearance on BBC London News by clicking here.