Monday 25 May, 2020

UK Prime Minister urged to stop Jamaica deportation flight

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

United Kingdom Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is coming under increasing pressure to halt the deportation of a group of about 50 Jamaicans scheduled for sometime next week.

As per a report in The Independent, Johnson, whose party won a large majority in elections last December, has vowed to resume the deportation of dozens of Caribbean nationals, despite evidence that the claim that they are all “serious criminals” is untrue.

The flight scheduled for Jamaica, as was revealed in the newspaper article, is the second since the Windrush scandal erupted. It was widely condemned by members of Parliament in the House of Commons this week, with calls for the prime minister to step in to stop it.

One man, who is supposed to be on the flight, was reportedly released after being convicted under the “now unlawful joint enterprise rule” and has a serious heart problem.

But Johnson told MPs: “The people of this country will think it is right to send back foreign national offenders.”

The controversy is growing over the planned removal against the background of the mass wrongful detention and deportation revealed in the Windrush scandal and former Prime Minister Theresa May’s apology for the suffering caused.

All the soon-to-be 'deportees' are said to have criminal convictions but have served their sentences in UK jails, and many now face returning alone to a country they left as young children.

There has been one deportation flight to Jamaica since the Windrush scandal erupted in May 2018. One scheduled to leave in April 2018 was cancelled for reasons the Home Office did not disclose.

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