THE Human Rights Commissioner, Catherine Branson, wants the federal government toÂ pay $500,000 compensation and apologise to a Chinese man convicted of double murder who has been refused a visa.
The man, ‘’NK’’, has been held in immigration detention at Villawood since his release from prison in 2006. He cannot be sent back to China because the Immigration Department believes there is a ‘’real risk’’ of him being tried again for the murders and executed. Â Â FromÂ So sorry we didn’t send you to be executed (Andrew Bolt)
A thug who carried out horrific acts of torture for Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe has been allowed to live in Britain â€“ to protect his human rights.
An immigration tribunal foundÂ Phillip Machemedze inflicted terrible injuries on political opponents of the vile Mugabe regime.
But despite ruling he was involved in ‘savage acts of extreme violence’ â€“Â including smashing a man’s jaw with a pair of pliers â€“ immigration judges said he could not be deported.
They said the 46-year-old, who is HIV positive, could himself face torture if he was returned home, having turned his back on Mugabe’s Zanu PF regime.
Both he and his wife â€“ who was granted asylum â€“ can stay in Britain indefinitely. (Daily Mail)
A murdering asylum seeker who worked as a torturer for the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe will not be deported – because of concerns for his safety if he returns home.
Phillip Machemedze smashed a man’s jaw with pliers before extracting his teeth, one of his many victims while working for Zimbabwe’s notorious Central Intelligence organisation.
The 47-year-old also gave electric shocks to a white farmer, whipped a woman before pouring salt in her wounds and took part in the ‘slow’ killing of one of Mugabe’s political opponents, the Sun reported today.
At an asylum appeal hearing in Newport, South Wales, Mr Justice David Archer said Machemedze was ‘deeply involved in savage acts of extreme violence’.
The tribunal also heard that some of the tortures ‘were too gruesome to recount’.
He added: ‘Whatever crimes he has committed he cannot be returned to face the highly likely prospect of torture and execution without trial, the Sun reported.
The appeal hearing was brought by the Home Office and followed a judgment earlier this month which allowed the pair to stay in Britain indefinitely but did not grant asylum.
At the earlier hearing,Â Senior Immigration Judge Robert Martin said: ‘It is true that Phillip Machemedze committed abhorrent acts and deserves no sympathy or favours.
‘However, it is also true that we are bound by the European Convention on Human Rights and Articles 2 and 3 are absolute,’ New Zimbabwe reported.
Kate Hoey, Labour MP and head of the Commons All Party Group on Zimbabwe, said: ‘This is a shocking decision. Asylum is for people who are at risk from despots, not for people like him.’