Ahmed in limbo

Ahmed Guerrah, a gay asylum seeker who fled Africa after being tortured, has been detained in an immigration removal centre and faces deportation. Guerrah left Algeria, where homosexuality is illegal, with his boyfriend two years ago following a campaign of physical and emotional abuse.

Mr Guerrah made it through to the UK, but his partner was arrested in Greece and they have not spoken since. Mr Guerrah’s application to remain in this country was turned down and he ended up in Plymouth, where his friends say he was housed by the Home Office pending a fresh hearing.

Last week he was placed in an immigration removal centre in Dorset.