A NEPALESE asylum seeker has spoken of his ordeal after securing an 11th hour reprieve to stay in Scotland.
Kishor Dangol (48), who has lived in Kirkcaldy for almost 12 years, was two hours away from being put on a plane to Nepal when his lawyers managed to successfully petition for a fresh appeal to be heard at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.
His ordeal began last Monday when he was arrested by Border Agency officers and taken to Dungavel Detention Centre when he went to sign on at an Edinburgh police station.
He was then moved to Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre, near London’s Heathrow, and was due to be flown back to Nepal last Thursday night.
But he was granted a last minute reprieve and on Saturday he was re-located to an immigration centre in Manchester before being transported back to Dungavel on Sunday.
Speaking from Dungavel, he told The Press: “Dungavel is okay - but it was really bad at Colnbrook. I was locked in for 23 hours a day.
‘‘ The windows were locked and it was a very small room. There was no fresh air. I felt like I was a murderer or a criminal, it was very bad.”
Kishor is now waiting to hear when his court date will be this month. In the meantime his lawyers - immigration experts from Drummond Miller in Edinburgh - are trying to secure his release on bail.
It is understood the fresh appeal which has been lodged will be based on his contribution to the community over the past decade - which has not previously been taken into account.
Kishor has been an active volunteer with Seafield Environmental Group and has also been heavily involved with the Nepalese community in Edinburgh.
Kirkcaldy MSP David Torrance said he intends to support Kishor by writing a letter about his work in the local community.
Mr Torrance said: “We really thought he had lost him, but we managed to get the courts to intervene. I understand that immigration intend to fight his release but he isn’t a criminal, he is one of the most honest people I know. I am feeling a lot more positive about his case this time.”
FRAE Fife are also backing Kishor’s appeal and are inviting people to sign a petition at their office, based at 1 Victoria Road, Kirkcaldy, to support his bid to stay.