Foreign national prisoners lose right to legal aid

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In April, new legislation will end legal aid for foreign national prisoners facing deportation

Hashem Gakwaya (not his real name) was born in Rwanda in 1989 and grew up during the genocide in which hundreds of thousands of people were murdered, among them his father. When he was eight years old his mother fled with him, his four brothers and one sister, and made her way to the UK where she claimed asylum.

“I lost a lot of memories,” says Gakwaya. “They’re like dreams, I don’t really remember. My mum doesn’t like talking about it so I’ve never asked how he died, all we know is he was killed.”

 

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