Tamil asylum seekers try for 11th hour block on deportation


Dozens of Tamil asylum seekers have lodged emergency appeals in the high court to stop their deportation to Sri Lanka for fear they will be tortured on their return.

Solicitors acting for clients due to be removed on Tuesday on a special charter flight for the UK Border Agency (UKBA) have issued judges with case files in 11th hour appeals in London.

Citing previous evidence of torture for Tamils who have returned to Sri Lanka, one lawyer told the Guardian that UKBA had already agreed to take two of his clients off the impending flight expected to leave on Tuesday afternoon.


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