Lawyers win reprieve for Manchester-based Iraqi journalist facing deportation

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Manchester-based journalist, Rzhwan Amin, remains in the UK following notice of a judicial review.

The Kurdish-Iraqi asylum-seeker had settled in Tameside after fleeing Iraq. He’d received a series of threats following a number of newspaper articles he’d written.

There had been plans to deport Amin on Monday, but the flight was cancelled at the last minute when his legal team secured a judicial review.

"Rzhwan has asked us to say thank you on his behalf - he really appreciated your support. Many thanks to everyone who sent emails to the Home Secretary,  MPs and thank you to those who contacted Royal Jordanian Airline. The campaign will continue until he is given leave to remain and we will keep you updated,” said Kath Grant, NUJ’s Manchester and Salford branch secretary.

The 32-year-old was taken to the Morton Hall immigration removal centre in Lincolnshire after he was detained at Salford’s Home Office Reporting Centre earlier this month.