Asylum delays ‘farce’

KIRKCALDY;'KISHOR DANGOL, whose portrait  features in "Accepted in Fife", a collection of portraits of multicultural fife.'Photo : Walter Neilson
KIRKCALDY;'KISHOR DANGOL, whose portrait features in "Accepted in Fife", a collection of portraits of multicultural fife.'Photo : Walter Neilson
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A KIRKCALDY MSP has branded an asylum seeker’s continual wait for a decision on his future as ‘a farce’.

David Torrance said Kishor Dangol’s situation was ‘absolutely ridiculous’ and that it was time a ruling was made one way or another.

His comments came as a fresh appeal due to be heard at the Court of Session in Edinburgh of Friday was cancelled.

Kishor’s lawyers were due to argue that the length of time the 48-year-old has been a resident in Fife should be considered.

But just a day before the hearing was to be held, his case was dismissed.

Mr Torrance said this was to allow the Home Office to consider recent representations in favour of his bid to stay in the country.

These include letters of support from the MSP, First Minister Alex Salmond and a petition with 1200 signatures. It also features statements which show Kishor’s voluntary work in the community and his close ties with locals over the past 12 years.

Mr Torrance said: “The Home Office is looking at three options - to consider his background and allow him to stay; to refuse the case but allow him to appeal before an independent immigration judge or to reject the case and deport him.’’

Limbo

But he hit out: “This has become a farce and it’s absolutely ridiculous.

‘‘I feel really sorry for Kishor as he is being left in limbo all the time. He doesn’t know if he will end up back in Dungavel - and this could happen again at any time.

“To be treated this way by the justice system is ridiculous. It doesn’t matter who you are, no-one should be treated in this manner. He has been waiting for 12 years now to see if he can stay.

‘‘I have lost count of the number of times I have been to court with him.

‘‘But t’s not just the long wait and the court appearances, it is also the fact that a lot of taxpayers’ money has been wasted.

‘’We are looking at hundreds of thousands of pounds at least.

‘‘A decision could have been made a long time ago and it wouldn’t have cost so much.”

The MSP said he hoped the support he has, particularly the letter from the First Minister, might make a difference this time around.

Mr Totrrance said: ‘‘This carries a lot of weight and very few others will have support like that.

Mr Torrance said Kishor is remaining upbeat about his case: “We are not sure when the Home Office will decide what its going to do next.

‘‘We just have to wait and see but we are left wondering how much longer this process can go on.”