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Zimbabwean National, Ex-British Army Soldier Who Fought In Iraq War Faces Deportation

Zimbabwean National, Ex-British Army Soldier Who Fought In Iraq War Faces Deportation

A Zimbabwean national, who was part of the British Army soldier that fought in Iraq and returned from war with mental health issues, is facing deportation.

Joram Nechironga is due to be deported by the British Home Office, but he says he fears for his life if returned after previously being tortured.

Lawyers are pushing to prevent the deportation of the father of two to Zimbabwe.

Nechironga, who served on the frontline in the British army from 2002 to 2007, at the height of the Iraq conflict, developed PTSD following several traumatic experiences.

His supporters say his mental health was not treated until after he committed drunk driving offences and an assault on a male family member.

His lawyers insist that Nechronga who is receiving help for his mental health and drinking problem has turned his life around.

On a previous visit to Zimbabwe, in 2006, Nechironga said he was tortured for several days on suspicion of being a British spy.

After being released by the Zimbabwean authorities, Nechironga was told never to return.

The Home Office are unmoved and still want to deport him.

He was due for deportation on the 2nd March but that will not happen until a late appeal is heard in court.

Melch Riyo, from Tann Law Solicitors, said:

Taking into account the nature of his offences, it is clear that Joram Nechironga’s offending history is inextricably linked to the PTSD that resulted from the traumatic experiences he had whilst fight for this country on the frontline.

This is a poignant factor which cannot be ignored or disregarded.

Lawyers will argue that it is unfair to disregard the improvements Nechironga has made since getting help.

Nechironga witnessed army colleagues dying beside him in Iraq while fighting for Britain.

He returned from war with a drinking problem, suicidal tendencies, anger issues, palpitations, nightmares and mood swings.

He has since had help for his PTSD from the Veterans Association and got a job in construction.

A supporter said: “Sending him back to Zimbabwe is no different to sending him back into relapse, discarding him and disregarding his self-sacrificial service in the British Army service.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “Foreign criminals should be in no doubt of our determination to deport them, and we make no apology for removing them to keep the public safe.

“The New Plan for Immigration will fix this broken immigration system and stop the abuse we are seeing by expediting the removal of those who have no right to be here.”


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