We Did Not Deport Biti, We Handed Him Back: Zambia

 

Zambia’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services and Chief Government Spokesperson, Dora Siliya has claimed that her government did not deport Tendai Biti but simply handed him over to the Zimbabwe authorities due to irregularities in his paperwork. She also claimed that the Zambians had not defied a high court order from Justice Chawatama, saying that the order had come too late after Biti had already been processed. However, she did not explain why Zambia had violated international refugee law, by forcibly returning an asylum seeker to his country of origin. The move has been condemned by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Writing on Twitter, Siliya said

Biti not deported but handed back as he had not gained entry into Zambia. His handover documents processed on 8 August while his court order against his return processed on 9 August 2018.

Siliya had previously said that Biti had been denied asylum because Zimbabwe was a stable country with no threats to the lives of citizens.


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Zambia Defies Order From Its Own High Court, Hands Over Biti To Zimbabwean Authorities

Zambian High Court Grants Order For Tendai Biti Not To Be Deported

Full Text Of Memo From CID Chirundu Explains How They Were Stopped From Taking Biti

Tendai Biti Denied Asylum By Zambia


 

 

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2 comments

  1. kuhn Reply

    #zambia has shown its true colours… we just give you enough rope and you will do the rest… brilliant

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