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Jamaicans in UK want answers over deportation flight

DEPORTATION CONTROVERSY: One of the 42 deportees leaving the Mobile Reserve compound last week [PIC CREDIT: Jamaica Gleaner]

MEMBERS OF the Jamaican community in the UK want to meet with the Jamaican Government to discuss last week's deportation of 42 Jamaicans under what they say are questionable circumstances.

Advisory board member for London and The South, Fitzroy Grant, says a request for a meeting has been submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

According to Grant, many Jamaicans in the UK believe that due process was not followed in the deportation of the Jamaicans.

He also says members of the Diaspora are concerned about the memorandum of understanding signed between Jamaica and the UK in 2007, to facilitate deportation.

Some of the Jamaicans who were deported last week said they were sent home despite filing appeals.

About five others who were slated to be deported last Wednesday were removed from the flight after lawyers obtained court orders staying their deportation.

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