Sheffield volunteer loses his deportation battle

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A Buddhist monk has been deported from Sheffield to his native Bangladesh despite efforts by campaigners to allow him to stay in the UK.

Sushilanada Sraman, known as Sushil, had been in detention at an immigration detention centre in Lincoln, booked onto a flight back to Bangladesh, after problems with his claim for asylum.

Campaigners in Sheffield battled for Sushil, aged 44, to be given more time to make a new claim for asylum in the UK with fresh evidence - but he has now been deported.

Sushil arrived in Sheffield in 2011 and had been volunteering at the City of Sanctuary’s multi-agency drop-in centre.

He fled his home country after being accused of murder.

Campaigners claimed Sushil was innocent and had had the murder pinned on him by fundamentalists, and that he would not get a fair trial.

They feared that if returned to Bangladesh he would be imprisoned for the murder, and his life would be in danger.