Scientist's Ethiopian, Dr. Minutet Menjeta, deportation deadline looms

Liverpool Daily Post
Dr Minutet Menjeta, 44, is due to fly back to her native Ethiopia at 9pm this evening after her asylum claim was left in tatters.
One of the highest paid academics in Ethiopia, the veterinary research scientist came to Liverpool in 2000 to study for a Masters Degree at the school of medicine.
It is thought one of her papers may have embarrassed her government and she refused to co-operate in what she saw as the corrupt handling of research funds.
Fearing she would be imprisoned, Dr Menjeta decided to apply for asylum in the UK.
Despite strong support for her right to remain in Merseyside from Liverpool Riverside MP Louise Ellman and campaigners from Merseyside group Asylum Link, as well as admissions of clerical errors in her case from the Home Office, Dr Menjeta’s future last night looked bleak.
Speaking from Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre, where she was waiting to be deported, Dr Menjeta said: “I am not going back. Not because I do not like my country but because I do not want my family to suffer.
“You do not know what prisons are like in Ethiopia, there is not enough space for everyone to sleep on the floor. They have got to take it in turns even to do that.”
Ewan Roberts, manager of Asylum Link Merseyside, said: “We will not stop our fight to allow Minutet to stay in this country.”

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