Illegal immigrant with dwarfism loses deportation fight

Mrs May argued that the man had spent more than 40 years in Pakistan before arriving in the UK in 2006. Picture: PA

Mrs May argued that the man had spent more than 40 years in Pakistan before arriving in the UK in 2006. Picture: PA

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AN illegal immigrant who suffers from a form of dwarfism has lost a human rights fight against deportation with Home Secretary Theresa May.

Home Office officials ruled that the man, a 60-year-old Pakistani who suffers from Achondroplasia, should be returned to Pakistan after he was convicted of illegal working and deception.

The man - who was living in a care home - argued that deportation would undermine his rights to family life and suggested that he would not receive good enough medical treatment in Pakistan.

But his bid to prevent deportation was dismissed by an immigration judge - and that decision has been backed by a Court of Appeal judge.

Detail of the case has emerged in a ruling by appeal judge Lord Justice Sales who analysed the case at a hearing in London.

Mrs May argued that the man had spent more than 40 years in Pakistan before arriving in the UK in 2006 and could return to family life there.

And she said there was no evidence that he would not be able to obtain treatment for his condition in Pakistan.

Judges heard the man arrived on a visitor visa which ran out in late 2006. They were told that he had been convicted of illegal working and deception in 2009.

Lord Justice Sales did not identify the man in a written ruling but said he had lived in Ayrshire.

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