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The government has been accused of locking up innocent migrants for its own “administrative convenience” – after it was revealed 20 people have been held without trial for at least two years.
One detainee has been in custody awaiting deportation for 1,701 days - almost five years - and three more have been held for three years.
The US has been widely condemned for detention without trial in Guantanamo, yet the UK stands revealed as locking up migrants for comparable periods in immigration detention centres.
Figures released by the Home Office yesterday after a freedom of information request reveal that 20 migrants have spent at least 722 days in detention under immigration powers.