(Update on) Illegal deportation of refugees.
Posted by clandestina on 22 January 2010
UPDATE JAN 22
After a week of illegal detention at the old detention space of the Elliniko Airport premises, and much pressure at media and the parliament and legal struggle the Iranian refugees were released.
source: athens indymedia
6 Iranian political refugees were transported illegally from the refugee detention center of Samos island to Athens Airport(El Venizelos) where they were in custody until yesterdaypending their illegal deportation.
On Thursday, January 14, 24 people (among them 6 Iranians, 10 Afghans, 1 Palestinian) were transferred from the Samos refugee detention center by boat to Piraeus and then to El. Venizelos airport where they were until yesterday (Friday 15), pending their eventual deportation. They had no information on where they were being transferred.
The 6 Iranians had requested to file asylum applications at the Samos center but their request was rejected by the Samos police. Refugees are entitled to appeal on an appeals committee and must be given a margin of one month to do so. Expulsion in a period less than that is illegal.
The Iranian refugees spent at least one month under imprisonment and incommunicado conditions at the detention center on Samos and they were not informed about their rights.