Sunday 23 October 2016

Afghan man found on roadside is given bail

Published 07/08/2015 | 02:30

Afghan refugee Wali Ullah Safi
Afghan refugee Wali Ullah Safi

An Afghan man has been granted bail after spending three weeks in prison for failing to produce documentation to gardaí.

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Wali Ullah Safi (21) appeared before Naas District Court, where he was granted bail on the condition that he found suitable housing by next Monday. He was charged under the Immigration Act for failing to produce documentation proving his identity and was remanded in Cloverhill Prison in July. Mr Safi was later assaulted during a prison riot on July 30.

The young man was originally discovered on the side of a road by gardaí in Naas in early July, where he claimed to have fled Afghanistan. How he arrived in the country was not raised in court.

A silent Mr Safi entered the courtroom clutching a copy of the Quran, accompanied by an interpreter. Judge Patrick Clyne said that he would grant Mr Safi bail on the assumption that he would be housed under direct provision.

Mr Safi's solicitor Conal Boyce said that he was "now an asylum seeker who has effectively put himself into the system" last week. Mr Safi now has until Monday to find housing.

Irish Independent

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