Chinese boy freed from expulsion centre

16th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

16 October 2006, AMSTERDAM — The eight-year-old Hui and his mother Chen were released from detention on Saturday, the immigration service IND confirmed.

16 October 2006

AMSTERDAM — The eight-year-old Hui and his mother Chen were released from detention on Saturday, the immigration service IND confirmed.

The suspension of their detention was granted based on new information provided by Chen.

Police launched inquiries based on the information and the results were sufficient to secure the mother's release (and automatically that of her son).

Hui, who was born in the Netherlands, and Chen were being detained at the Kamp Zeist prison complex pending their deportation to China.

The IND had earlier rejected their request for asylum.

After their release, the lawyer representing Chen, Michel Collet, said he was trying to arrange accommodation for the mother and boy in Amsterdam as quickly as possible.

This would allow Hui to return to school.

Collet is also trying to prevent their deportation to China, stressing that Chen cannot return there because she is not registered in China.

Chen has been in the Netherlands since 1998, but the IND said her release from detention was not linked to her legal battles for residency or the outrage at the detention of her son.

The rejected asylum seeker voluntarily took Hui into jail with her, refusing the option of having him stay with foster parents.

Their plight attracted widespread radio and television publicity, sparked a parliamentary debate and a demonstration on Museumplein in Amsterdam.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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