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Christian 'beaten and threatened by Islamic extremists' in Pakistan faces imminent deportation from UK

Sat 05 Jan 2019
By Eno Adeogun

A Christian man who was allegedly beaten and threatened with execution by Islamic extremists in Pakistan is facing imminent deportation from the UK.

Asher Samson, 41, who lived in Birmingham, was first detained attending a weekly signing event with the Home Office in Solihull on 26th November.

After spending Christmas away from his family he was released only to be held again on Friday and told he would be deported.

 

He spoke to Premier while he waited to be transported to a detention centre.

"They didn't give me any notice last time and same again today," he explained.

"The paperwork they've given me for the submission on 24th December - the date [now] says 4th January 2019. They just handed it to me when I came for the signing."

Mr Samson first arrived in the UK in 2004 to continue theology training in order to become a pastor.

He said he decided to apply for asylum after receiving threats from Islamic extremists during visits home.

Mr Samson said he feared he would be in danger if deported.

"At the airport, they're going to arrest me because of my profile here - it's everywhere in the media and they know it," he said.

"The next thing is where am I going to go? I've got no one there.

"At the moment my family and [I] are really struggling and I just spoke to my mum and she was crying and crying."

He called on people to "pray that God opens the way and does what is right".

More than 1,000 people have signed a change.org petition calling for the Home Secretary to grant Mr Samson asylum in the UK.

Premier has contacted the Home Office for a comment.

Listen to Premier's Eno Adeogun speaking with Asher Samson:

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