UK to deport a man who has been in the country for 50 years to Iran over assault convictions.
61-year-old Hamid Reza Baygi, an Iranian, will be deported to his home country today after being in the UK for half a century and working for many years in the country's education sector.
The Iranian entered the UK for study purpose in 1970 and served in the UK's education sector for many years in the twentieth century. In 2001, he was granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
Things began to head south for Hamid in 2014 following a conviction for assault by beating as well as assault of a police officer. He was given eight months jail term as well as entered for deportation proceedings. He pleaded guilty to the offenses and served a further 16 months in prison as a result of the deportation order.
He left prison on bail in November 2016 and has been part of community volunteering works in Sheffield, where he resides since his release.
He was taken back into custody on May 22 and was told he will be deported from there according to Hamid.
Speaking from Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre, he said he hopes UK Home Office will change their mind about his removal. Hamid stated his disbelief and sadness about his situation and said he has faith in his solicitor.
Human activists are calling for the release of the 61-year-old, calling his situation unjust and inhumane. They equally emphasized that Iran is not a safe country.
Hamid is only allowed basic phone access, and no family member is allowed to visit him.
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