Our client, a Georgian national, came to the UK to seek asylum. After a fire incident on his family’s business property, our client was targeted by Georgian authorities to stop investigating the fire and subsequent suicide of one of his family members. Fearing for his life in Georgia, our client entered the UK and made a claim for asylum. However, his application was refused. He lodged an appeal with the previous legal representatives to obtain refugee status in the UK.
A refugee is any person who, inter alia, owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion,
• is outside of the country of his nationality and
• is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.
This asylum appeal was very complex, and previous representatives withdrew from the case, leaving the client without legal protection. At this stage, Sterling Law was instructed by the client. The case received from previous solicitors was underprepared and underrepresented. Thanks to our lawyer Nozima Rakhimjonova, the appeal was allowed on asylum grounds and Articles 2 (right to life) and 3 (prohibition of torture) ECHR. Considering the appeal, the Judge accepted that our client:
- was targeted by the Georgian authorities suffering injuries as a result of it;
- is at risk on return to Georgia due to lack of effective investigation and legal redress there.
Thus, our client can remain in the UK without fearing for his life.
Asylum appeals of this nature can be very complex and the success can depend on the quality of representations. Therefore, we would strongly advise that any asylum seekers in the UK seek professional legal advice.
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