Child asylum seekers win compensation for 13-month detention

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Four children who were incarcerated in detention centres for 13 months – the longest time children have ever been locked up in the UK – have won a six-figure compensation payout from the Home Office more than eight years after their release.

The case of the Ay family, Kurdish asylum seekers from Turkey, hit the headlines because of the length of time they were detained and the ages of the children – the youngest, Medya, was just seven when the family were arrested and locked up in 2002, Dilovan was 11, Newroz was 12 and Beriwan was 13.

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