Fundraising barbecue for Sheffield student who fears being deported back to war-torn Iraq

A fundraising barbecue in aid of a Sheffield student who fears being deported back to war-torn Iraq is being held this week.

Tuesday, 7th August 2018, 12:12 pm
Updated Tuesday, 7th August 2018, 12:18 pm
Ahmed Sedeeq.

Ahmed Sedeeq was granted permission to study for a PhD in computer science at the University of Sheffield in 2013.

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Lord Mayor Magid Magid and the barbecue poster.

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However, the 30-year-old was later detained at a controversial immigration removal centre in Lincolnshire due to a dispute with the Home Office over his visa status.

He spent part of last Christmas in Morton Hall - which was made the subject of an investigation after four deaths at the site - before being released after more than 60, 000 people signed a petition and 300 academics put their name to a letter to see him freed.

Ahmed is now seeking asylum again and the Let Ahmed Stay campaign has been launched to help pay for his legal costs.

The latest fundraising event will be a barbecue with vegan food held at the Echo Beach bar at Dina in the city centre on Thursday, August 9, from 5.30pm.

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Magid Magid, is expected to be among those in attendance.

But he also said he felt heartened by the support he has received from people in Sheffield.

Said Ahmed: "I am humbled by the kind support I continue to receive."

Sanaz Raji, an activist from Unis Resist Border Controls, claimed asylum seekers are having to raise their own funds to fight their case because of legal aid cuts introduced in 2013.

A Home Office spokesman previously said they cannot comment on specific cases but added: "All applications are considered on their individual merits and in accordance with the immigration rules."