A lesbian asylum seeker had her appeal to remain in the UK rejected on the grounds that she didn’t own any literature relating to her sexuality. Brenda Namigadde, who is seeking asylum on the grounds that her life would be put at risk by returning to her native Uganda, won a last-minute injunction against her deportation as her plane waited to take off from Heathrow last night.
In court documents seen by Political Scrapbook, a First-Tier Tribunal immigration judge stated that:
The Appellant appears to have taken no interest in forms of media by magazines, books, or other information relating to her sexual orientation. While there is no requirement to do so it does seem strange … that she has not done so.
This opinion was reached despite Namigadde being singled out by the legislator behind a bill to execute Ugandan homosexuals and the recent murder of the country’s leading gay rights activist. David Bahati MP said that Namigadde must “repent or reform” on return to East Africa.
Lesbians in fear for their lives should presumably have a ready supply of jazz mags and KD Lang CDs for distribution to the judiciary.
FULL TEXT: Paragraph 30 of the appeal determination:
“I find that the Appellant was not and is not, on the evidence before me, a lesbian. l End that her credibility is affected by her conduct. l am not obliged to accept her say so of these issues. l find such peripheral information to describe what went on, either in Uganda or in the United Kingdom, very generalised and quite simply lacking in the kind of detail and information of someone genuinely living that lifestyle. The Appellant claims to have freedom to live a life unconstrained and without prejudice. l find the information as to how she has done so over the lengthy period she has been in the United Kingdom singularly lacking in detail or coherence. The Appellant appears to have taken no interest in forms of media by magazines, books or other information relating to her sexual orientation. Whilst there is no requirement to do so it does seem strange, if she is exercising the real sense of freedom she claims, that she does not do so.”