A SHEFFIELD woman whose husband is fighting deportation is calling for him to be allowed back ‘home’ while his case is considered.
Justice Charles, aged 35, was due to have been deported to Sierra Leone last week until Home Office officials agreed re-examine his case.
He moved to Sheffield in 2002 and applied for asylum after fleeing Sierra Leone at the end of his country’s Civil War, during which he claims he was attacked and tortured by rebels while delivering food aid with the UN.
Mr Charles met and married his wife Ruby, a 46-year-old mum-of-five, the following year but was arrested in Sheffield earlier this month.
He was held in a detention centre in Lincolnshire before being transferred to the Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre, near Heathrow Airport, after being told his application to remain in the country had been turned down.
Mr Charles was told immigration officials believed his marriage to Ruby was a sham.
He has been moved back to Lincolnshire but his wife and supporters are now fighting for him to be allowed back to be freed and allowed to live in Sheffield until his fate is decided.
Mr Charles is his wife’s main carer, helping her cope with a number of medical conditions including lupus.
Ruby said: “I just want him home - he is locked up for no reason.
“I am told his case will go to court again but not when so who knows how long he could be in that centre. He should not be treated like this.”
Campaigner Rob Unwin said: “We are very relieved that Justice is being moved out of Colnbrook.
“He has not committed a crime. We see no reason for the authorities to hold him any longer. He should be released so he can go back home to Sheffield and care for Ruby.”