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TERROR ERROR STUDENTS FIGHT DEPORTATION

18-05-2009

Twelve Pakistani students mistakenly arrested for terror offences last month are still facing deportation – but campaigners are gathering in Birmingham on Wednesday night to ensure they aren’t forced to leave.

When the dozen were arrested various ministers, including the PM Gordon Brown, insisted at the time that a serious plot had been foiled.

It should come as no surprise that these dangers were exaggerated, given that 87% of people arrested for terror-related offences since the 9/11 attacks have been innocent.

Instead of being released, the students were detained in charming establishments like Belmarsh and Strangeways, on the basis that they are “a threat to national security” – prompting Stirrer blogger Steve Beauchampe to observe that “the State and its servants are rarely honorable enough to say sorry”.

The point being that those accused of endangering public safety should be tried if there's evidence to prosecute them - or freed if their isn't.

A national campaign was launched last weekend in Manchester where most of the students were arrested from. Members of the families spoke to the campaign meeting and urged that their sons be released from prison and allowed to complete their education.

There’s a local meeting planned for this Wednesday, 20th May at 7.30 pm at Carrs Lane Centre in Birmingham. All are welcome.

More details at j4nw10.org/StopDeportation.htm

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