Egyptian family went into hiding

16.09.2020 - 14:11
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 Mynd: Hjalti Haraldsson - RÚV
Officials arriving to escort the Kehdr family to the airport for deportation to Egypt earlier today could not find the four children and their parents. The family has been in Iceland for around two years but their application for political protection has been rejected and they were scheduled for deportation today.

The six family members were not at the agreed address when officers arrived and appear to have gone into hiding.

Their lawyer (Magnús D. Norðdahl, pictured above) is still working to have their case re-evaluated and to keep them in the country. He plans to take their case to court and tells RÚV he is unhappy with the head of the Directorate of Immigration for saying it was the family’s own fault that the deportation has been delayed so long. The lawyer says the directorate should have ensured the family was deported right away in January. 

The family members were not under surveillance, because it is unusual for deportees to go into hiding. The police say no formal search for them has begun and it is not yet clear whether there will be a search or not. Their lawyer says today’s events have no direct bearing on the course of their ongoing case and legal battle to stay in Iceland. 

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Alexander Elliott
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