Sunday, 28 October 2007

Tourist jailed, for being black

A man wrongly accused of being an illegal immigrant may have been singled out just for being black, an Equality Commission spokeswoman has said.
Frank Kakopa has been paid £7,500 after the Immigration Service wrongly held him in prison for two days.

Mr Kakopa, originally from Zimbabwe, was on a short break with his wife and young children in 2005, when he was stopped at Belfast City Airport.

He had proof he lived in England but was still strip-searched and jailed.

Welcome to Northern Ireland, we don't discriminate - black, white, orange, green - you will be treated as unfairly as everybody else