30/05/2007

Cameroon woman's deportation order halted

A woman has successfully won a legal bid to prevent her and her daughter from being deported to Cameroon.

Lordorice Djountso arrived in Northern Ireland in August 2005 when she was pregnant.

She said she fled Cameroon because her brothers had been killed in a dispute with a local chief.

Ms Djountso had been moved to a detention centre in Bedfordshire with her daughter Imelda around two months ago and they were due to be deported at 6:00am this morning.

Last week Djountso’s lawyers won a week-long delay so her and her one-year-old daughter could receive anti-malarial drugs before they were extradited.

Cassie McKeever, from the friends of Lordorice and Imelda group, said she welcomed the decision.

"We have not received another flight date and it gives us a certain amount of time to keep the campaign rolling on, but we are not certain of the next flight date," she said.

"Her and her daughter still face a very unsure future."

(JM/KMcA)

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