Isa Muazu (Nigerian) loses asylum legal battle after starving self

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A Nigerian asylum seeker who starved himself for three months has lost his legal bid to stay in the UK.

Isa Muazu, 45, who is being held at Harmondsworth detention centre, had argued that he could be killed by Islamist militants if he was sent back.

But an immigration tribunal ruled that he would be protected by the police, army and legal system in Nigeria.

The Home Office has arranged to return him on Tuesday night. The last flight he was on had to return to Britain.

Mr Muazu is being held in the medical wing at Harmondsworth, in west London.

A psychiatrist found his “disturbed beliefs” formed part of a severe mental illness which led him to refuse food.

Legal documents submitted to the Upper Immigration Tribunal in central London said he had a severe psychiatric disorder which he “was not fabricating”.

Consultant psychiatrist Dr David Bell said Mr Muazu’s “self-starvation” arose from “disturbed beliefs” that formed part of his mental disorder.

The doctor, who was instructed by the Nigerian’s lawyers, said it should not be described as a “hunger strike”.

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According to the legal papers, another expert said Mr Muazu’s mental illness would be perceived as “witchcraft…with the threat of violence” in parts of Nigeria.

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