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High Court says Home Office ‘unlawfully detained’ mentally ill man for five months

THE Home Office “unlawfully detained” a mentally ill man from Bangladesh for five months in a bid to deport him, the High Court ruled today.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was aged 18 when the department first detained him.

His ordeal in detention lasted more than two years, with lawyers managing to convince the court that at least five months out of that period were in breach of human rights law.

In the judgment, the Home Office was criticised for being “too slow to react” to medical evidence that the man was at risk of suicide if he remained in detention.

His lawyer, Lewis Kett from Duncan Lewis Solicitors, said: “There was mounting evidence of our client’s high risk of suicide, and that detention was causing him further harm, and yet the Home Office repeatedly decided to maintain his detention. 

“The fact that he was detained for 28 months is wholly unacceptable.”

The detainee has since been released.

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