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July 9, 2014
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Jamaican bisexual denied asylum in the UK

André Williams, STAR Writer

A Jamaican bisexual in the United Kingdom (UK), seeking asylum, was spared removal after a flight scheduled to return him to Jamaica last Wednesday was cancelled, following his attorney's filing of a bail application and hearing with the (uk) immigration.

THE STAR understands that a UK immigration court determined 32-year-old Orashia Edwards was 'dishonest' about his sexual orientation.

According to www.advocate.com, Edwards lost his lengthy legal battle Tuesday when the UK Home Office denied him asylum on the basis of his sexuality, claiming the Jamaican national had been "dishonest".

The court did not release any official documentation about why it found Edwards's claim of bisexuality "dishonest", though Edwards has a one-year-old daughter in Leeds.

He arrived in the UK in 2012, seeking asylum.

Zareen Preston, Edwards's legal representative, was quoted as saying, "Orashia Edwards is bisexual, He has been consistent throughout about his sexuality. He has provided everything he possibly can to prove his case and has effectively been on trial for two years. He came to the UK for protection and has been treated like a criminal by the very system that should be providing protection to genuine asylum-seekers like Orashia, who are at risk of persecution in their own country. No one should live in fear due to their sexuality."

The Home Office has repeatedly denied allegations that it is biased in how it makes asylum decisions.

Edwards, in his quest to convince the immigration court that he is a bisexual, went on record stating, "It's life and death. I know my life would be in danger if I go back to Jamaica. Sometime I just feel like I could just go asleep and never wake, so it all could be over."

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