Sudanese migrant who walked through Channel Tunnel to Britain is granted asylum

Contributed by editor on Jan 05, 2016 - 06:00 AM

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An African migrant who was arrested after walking through the Channel Tunnel has been given permission to stay in Britain by the Home Office.


36-year-old man died at the scene

The man, Abdul Rahman Haroun was stopped and arrested on August 4 2015 at the exit of the tunnel in Folkestone.

Haroun was charged under the Malicious Damage Act 1861 of causing an obstruction to a railway engine or carriage.

In a hearing at Canterbury Crown Court yesterday, Judge Adele Williams heard how the Home Office had granted Mr Haroun refugee status on December 24.

Philip Bennetts QC, for the Crown prosecution service told the court that prosecutors wanted an adjournment to decide whether to proceed with the case.

The Judge granted Haroun immediate bail after Mr Bennetts made clear the prosecution was not opposing his release.

A spokesman for Eurotunnel reportedly said the company was "disappointed" at the developments.

Mr Haroun, who has been in prison since his arrest was released on conditional bail after appearing in court by video link on the condition that he reports to his local police station once a week.

His next hearing will take place on January 18, when prosecutors will decide whether to pursue the charge which carries a maximum two year prison sentence.

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