Deported "amnesty candidate" to return

15th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 June 2007, MAASTRICHT - A wrongly deported asylum seeker from Cameroon may return to the Netherlands at the state's expense. The justice department deported the man in mid March, even though he is eligible for amnesty. The court in Maastricht has ruled that the man may return to the Netherlands.

15 June 2007

MAASTRICHT  - A wrongly deported asylum seeker from Cameroon may return to the Netherlands at the state's expense. The justice department deported the man in mid March, even though he is eligible for amnesty. The court in Maastricht has ruled that the man may return to the Netherlands.

The lawyer of the asylum seeker, Pieter Bouman, confirmed this on Friday. On Thursday the arrangements for the asylum seeker's return were agreed with the justice department. Bouman expects the man can be back in the Netherlands in about 10 days.

Bouman was surprised at the rush to deport his client. Neither the lawyer nor the court had been informed. The Cameroon man was in alien detention from 4 January until his deportation. He will receive damages from the state for his unlawful detention.

The cabinet promised at the end of last year that asylum seekers eligible for amnesty would no longer be deported. These asylum seekers entered the Netherlands before the new Aliens Act came into effect on 1 April 2001. The cabinet estimates that 25,000 to 30,000 aliens are eligible for amnesty.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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