Shetland: Young Shetland man of Thai origin wins appeal against deportation under Home Office crackdown

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Sakchai Makao had been snatched from his home in Shetland and taken to a jail in Scotland where he was held until released on bail after major protests from Shetlanders including a petition with around 9,000 signatures from islanders - the population is just over 20,000. A parliamentary motion by the local MP was signed by more than 100 MPs. At the immigration appeals tribunal on 7 July in North Shields Judge John Aitken, who chaired the panel of three judges, said: "The appeal is allowed, you are free to go". Sakchai Makao said:

"there are a lot of people to thank for a lot of hard work in the Shetland community, and without them this could not have happened"

See: Shetland News (link) Scotsman (link) This is North Scotland (link) BBC News - Scotland (link)

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