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'Gay' Ugandan deportation postponed

A Ugandan woman who claims she is a lesbian has been granted an injunction temporarily preventing her deportation from Britain.

Brenda Namigadde, 29, says she fears for her life if she is returned to Uganda, where there is hostility towards homosexuals.

It is understood that her lawyer gained an injunction on Friday preventing her removal, which was cancelled. She had been due to fly back that evening.

A UK Border Agency spokesman said: "Ms Namigadde's case has been carefully considered by both the UK Border Agency and the courts on three separate occasions and she has been found not to have a right to remain here. An immigration judge found on the evidence before them that Ms Namigadde was not homosexual.

"The Government has made it clear that it is committed to stopping the removal of asylum seekers who have genuinely had to leave particular countries because of their sexual orientation or gender identification. However, when someone is found not to have a genuine claim we expect them to leave voluntarily."

It is thought that Ms Namigadde's case will now go to judicial review.

She has said she fled to the UK in 2002 after being beaten and victimised because of her sexuality.

Gay rights campaigner David Kato was beaten to death near the Ugandan capital Kampala on Wednesday. He had sued a local newspaper which outed him as homosexual.

A Ugandan newspaper published the photographs of several people it said were gay, including Mr Kato, with the headline "Hang them".

It is unclear whether his death was linked to his campaigning.


From Belfast Telegraph