Detained political refugee granted bail to return to Sheffield

Bernard Mboueyeu. pictured with wife Sharon
Bernard Mboueyeu. pictured with wife Sharon
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A POLITICAL refugee detained by the UK Border Agency has today been granted bail and returned home to his Sheffield family.

Asylum seeker Bernard Mboueyeu fled the Cameroon in 2007 when he was pursued by the authorities for supporting a political group opposed to the ruling regime.

He married Sheffield charity worker Sharon Mboueyeu in 2010 and they settled in Wincobank - but the Home Office demanded he return home to apply for a spouse’s visa.

If Bernard returns to Cameroon he fears he could be detained, face torture or be locked up indefinitely.

He has been detained since May 16 and was granted bail today.

Procedures for a judicial review of Bernard’s case have also begun and his family say the campaign to keep him safe in Sheffield continues.

Sharon Mboueyeu said: “I’m delighted Bernard’s now back home with his family and grandchildren, who have missed him so much.

“We’d both like to thank everyone who has fought so hard to keep Bernard safe.

“However, our campaign goes on. I hope the Home Office see sense and grant Bernard the right to stay safe with his family here in Sheffield.”