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Give Mahdi Sadeghour Refugee Status

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Madhi Sadeghour is a former World Champion wrestler from Iran, and has been living in the UK as an asylum seeker for almost 6 years. In 1994, he competed in the Asian games in Japan and filed an application to stay in the country, but after 4 months without legal support or assessment of his case, he was forcibly deported back to Iran. The Iranian Intelligence Service were waiting for him at the airport. he was put in solitary confinement. He was physically and mentally tortured for 3 years and on his release he was banned from working, going to university or wrestling with the national team that he previously competed with. His passport was confiscated and he was denied the right to leave the country. He was filmed in the protests of the Iranian student movement in 2002, and his family home was subsequently raided by the intelligence service. he evaded arrest and decided to leave the country because he feared for his life. He was unable to take his family with him and has now been separated from his wife and son for 6 years. His first asylum application was rejected in 2004 but the case was reopened after evidence of torture was presented to the Home Office by the British Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture. He has now been waiting 3 years for a decision from the Home Office. and is uncertain of his future. After 6 years he is still denied the right to lead a normal life by the British Government, despite the overwhelming evidence that his claim is valid. we are appealing to the Home Office to review his case and come to a prompt decision based on the obvious threats to his life present in Iran and the documents that prove his previous attempt to claim asylum resulted in torture. For further support contact: Dominic Lafont


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