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Pregnant Norwich woman faces ‘death sentence’ if she is deported

PUBLISHED: 17:56 17 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:52 18 July 2018

Clive Lewis MP who is fighting the decision to deport one of his constituents

Clive Lewis MP who is fighting the decision to deport one of his constituents

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The Home Office will be handing a pregnant Norwich woman a “death sentence” if she is deported to Albania.

That is the claim by Norwich South MP Clive Lewis ahead of a crunch meeting with Home Office officials about the future of the woman who fled to Britain around two years ago.

It is believed she had been the victim of sex trafficking gangs but managed to escape. The fear now is that this would put her at risk of an honour killing if she were to be deported to Albania.

She has one small child, born in Britain, and is expecting a second. Around 10 days ago she was informed that her bid to stay in Britain had been rejected prompting her therapist to take her in over fears she would self harm.

While in Norwich the woman was in regular contact with advisers from sex abuse charity the Sue Lambert Trust who are also backing her plea to be allowed to remain.

Mr Lewis added: “At the meeting someone from the Sue Lambert Trust will be present. Their understanding, and mine, is that the woman in question would not have been in the right mind set to give a clear interview to the Home Office. They obviously thought she was lying but we certainly don’t think that is the case.

“The point I will be making is that if she is deported her life will be in danger. This is that serious. Clearly she should be allowed to remain indefinitely.

“Sending her back would be a death sentence.”

Two other Norfolk MPs – Mid-Norfolk’s George Freeman and South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon – have also taken up the woman’s plight with the Home Office and will be present at the meeting.

During prime minister’s questions last week, Mr Bacon asked: “Albania has one of the highest rates of honour killings in Europe. Will the government look very closely at the case of a woman who was staying in the constituency of the right honourable member for Norwich South and now, through the generosity of her therapist, is staying in South Norfolk in the therapist’s own house to reduce the risk of self harm and who, if she was deported to Albania possibly as soon as tomorrow, may be the victim of an honour killing?”

Albania remains a country scared by one of the highest-rates of honour killings in Europe.

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