A Life Saved! 15


I can’t really afford it, but I have just bought and opened a bottle of the best bubbly I can find in Shepherds Bush. Jahongir Sidikov has phoned me to say that the Home Office has just granted him asylum. You will recall that Jahongir had to physically resist deportation from Harmondsworth Detention Centre to certain torture and near certain death in Uzbekistan.

Jahongir has no doubt, and nor do I, that the actions of readers of this blog were crucial in preventing this appalling proposed deportation. Special thanks go to the MPs you activated. Several deserve thanks, but Bob Marshall Andrews deserves a really special mention.

It is not yet clear whether the Home Office now accept as a matter of policy that it is not possible to deport dissidents into the hands of the evil Uzbek regime. That is a point you might wish to take up with your MPs.

But for now, thank you and bloody well done. I am going to get rat-arsed.

http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2007/11/britain_institu.html


15 thoughts on “A Life Saved!

  • fh

    Fantastic news. Sincerest congrats to all, but particularly to you. Here's hoping this represents a genuine policy shift.

  • Chuck Unsworth

    Well done.

    But, 'best bubbly in Shepherds Bush'?

    You'll never get rat-arsed on Tizer…

  • Sabretache

    Well done Craig. That really has brightened my day. I have no doubt that, absent your efforts, he would have been back in Uzbekistan by now. It's remarkable how little victories (relatively speaking) over the morass of official blindness, stupidity and self-serving mendacity, can lift the spirits.

  • girtholomew

    Bloody marvellous news.

    I got an email THIS week from the leader of the opposition that was pathetic (initial email sent on 23/11/07), especially next to the concern shown by my own local MP.

    I had been wondering what had happened to Jahongir and I am absolutely thrilled that he has been granted asylum.

  • girtholomew

    Bloody marvellous news.

    I got an email THIS week from the leader of the opposition that was pathetic (initial email sent on 23/11/07), especially next to the concern shown by my own local MP.

    I had been wondering what had happened to Jahongir and I am absolutely thrilled that he has been granted asylum.

  • stevie

    Great news Craig. Thanks also to my MP Dari Taylor who also said she would look into the case.

  • elfknight

    Fantastic news! – I was wondering what had happened. I recently got a vague and unconvincing reply from the home office via my MP, but delighted if that minor prodding added to the total.

  • carlito

    Hello Mr Murray, I'd like to get in touch with you and I've been sending you some emails and still haven't got any responce.

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