Alan Johnson urged to halt deportation of disabled man

    Campaigners are calling on home secretary Alan Johnson to stop the deportation of a disabled failed asylum seeker this evening.

    Disability network Radar has written to Johnson saying they are “deeply concerned” over the case of Abbas Sharifi, arguing that he would not get support for his mental health problems in his home country, Afghanistan.

    Chief executive Liz Sayce said there was a “very strong and compelling case” for Sharifi, 49, to remain in the UK, arguing that his deportation would breach his human rights and disability discrimination law.

    Sayce appealed to Johnson to halt Sharifi’s removal and assess his case under disability equality legislation.

    Radar said Sharifi’s local MP in Sheffield, Meg Munn, and Sheffield Council leader Paul Scriven had also questioned the Home Office’s decision to deport Sharifi to Afghanistan, along with other disabled people.

    Sharifi, who has been in the UK since 2005, is receiving outpatient treatment for a physical impairment as well as therapeutic treatment and prescribed medication for an acute mental health condition.

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