The Home Secretary, Theresa May, could face a parliamentary hearing over the handling of Isa Muazu, the failed Nigerian asylum seeker on hunger strike, the Independent reports.
An urgent question has been tabled on Monday by Liberal Democrat MP, Julian Huppert, on this matter but it is unclear whether the question will make it to the House of Commons schedule.
Isa Muazu’s appeal also came up on the same day.
We reported here that Isa Muazu came to the UK as a visitor in 2007, overstayed his visit and then applied for asylum claiming that he was fleeing from members of the Boko Haram sect who wanted to recruit him into their sect.
His asylum application was rejected by the Home Office and has been held in an immigration detention centre ever since, pending his removal from the country.
He subsequently embarked on a hunger strike and has also refused medical treatment unless he is released from custody.
His condition has been described as “near death.”
Dr Huppert said: “It is extremely disappointing that Parliament has not had a chance to discuss why Isa Muazu has not been released from detention despite his condition. Mr Muazu is in an extremely fragile state and is in no condition to be deported.
“I hope that I will have an opportunity to bring this up with the Home Secretary in the near future, as well as the more general concerns about the use of detention for immigration purposes.”
Jasmine Sallis, a volunteer caseworker who works with Muazu, wrote on Politics.co.uk: “Isa has lost his vision, is suffering from severe chest pains and cannot breathe properly. The UK condemns other countries for human rights abuses but what is worse than condemning someone to death?”
In a statement released by Isa Muazu, he said: “I am refusing to eat because my asylum claim was not treated fairly and I will not give up my protest.”
Lawyers for the Home Office are claiming that the latest detention review declared Isa Muazu fit for travel and they were planning his return to Nigeria.
Last week the Home Office said he could be safely deported on a scheduled flight with medical escorts.
Eleanor Grey QC, for the minister, said granting him any interim order could lead to “copycat cases” involving other immigration detainees.
And a letter to the Home Secretary, sent on 20 November, signed by Lib Dem peer Baroness Shirley Williams, Green MP Caroline Lucas, and Labour MP John McDonnell among others, read: “As (Mr Muazu) is unfit for detention, we ask that you immediately release him on bail so that he may be admitted to hospital and receive the urgent medical treatment he clearly requires.
“We understand that he is now so near to death that there may not be enough time to appeal his case.
“We hope that you will reconsider releasing him from detention as a matter of urgency.”