Eritrean leaves Israel, awaits deportation from Cairo

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March 4, 2013 15:38

Asylum worker reportedly in Cairo awaiting deportation to Eritrea after agreeing to leave Israel

An Eritrean asylum seeker is reportedly in Cairo facing deportation to Eritrea five days after he agreed to be deported from Israel to Uganda, the Jerusalem Post learned.

The asylum seeker, Tesfamihret Habtemariam, had been in Israel for a few years and was arrested several months ago under the amendment to the “Infiltrators Law”

According to Eritrean-Swedish human rights activist Meron Estefanos, who contacted the Jerusalem Post about the story Sunday night, Habtemariam left Israel for Uganda Thursday and at the airport in Uganda was told he would not be allowed to enter. He said he was kept at the airport waiting for four days before Uganda decided to deport him to Eritrea by way of Cairo, where he is now awaiting a flight to Asmara.

Habtemariam's private attorney, Lior Terer, said that he met with his client on many occasions over the past months, and that during the hearings at the court at Saharonim prison he requested to be sent back to Uganda, where his father reportedly lives.


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