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The Albanian sues the British government

The Albanian sues the British government

A young Albanian has opened a court case against the British government. According to " Independent ", he says that he was denied the right to stay in Britain for more than a year as a result of "secret and illegal policy".

The young Albanian claims that the denial of the right to stay in Great Britain violated his human rights and he seeks compensation.

A lawyer leading the Home Office's legal team told the judge the issue was one of "delay" and not "secret" policy.

"This case is about delay. It is not about secret or unpublished policies," he said.

The lawyers representing the Albanian asylum seeker, who is being supported by the "Asylum Aid" organization, have told the judge that there is a "serious abuse of power" in Britain.

"This claim exposes a serious abuse of power," barristers Chris Buttler KC and Zoe McCallum told the judge.

They said there was a policy to give victims of modern slavery permission to stay in Britain, in line with a European Anti-Trafficking Convention.

The two lawyers said that in October 2021, a High Court judge's ruling required the Home Office to grant victims of modern slavery permission to stay where they had a pending asylum claim.

They claim there was a "secret internal policy" telling officials not to grant the leave during the time Priti Patel and Suella Braverman were in office.

Government lawyers, on the other hand, dispute the claims.

Hundreds of trafficking victims trying to start new lives in Britain have suffered as a result of a "secret domestic policy" run by two home secretaries, the organization has claimed during a High Court hearing.

Outside court, a spokeswoman for Asylum Aid said the evidence was gathered from documents discovered during the court process.

Cathryn McGahey KC, who leads the Home Office legal team, said: This case is about delay. It is not about secret or unpublished policies.

McGahey added that the Albanian had not suffered "any significant damage as a result of the pause in decision-making".

She said he had continued to receive "state support in the form of housing, education, medical care and state benefits," as she asked the judge to dismiss his claim.

Asylum Aid said that between early 2022 and April 2023, the Home Office operated a "secret policy" to prevent the right to stay of at least 1,600 victims of trafficking and modern slavery.

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