17 Jamaican Nationals Deported from UK

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Seventeen deportees arrived in the island on a chartered flight from the United Kingdom on Tuesday afternoon, LoopJA reports.

Following their arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, the returned residents were processed at the Specialised Operations Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and released.

A spokesperson for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday that all 17 are serious foreign criminal offenders who had to be deported to their country of birth.

Reportedly among them are rapists, drug offenders and others convicted of robbery and firearms offences. They have served a combined 75 years between them, according to the British media.

Relatives of some of the deportees who disembarked the plane with minimal possessions, had arrived earlier at the Specialised Operations Unit to await their arrival.

Meanwhile, at least 25 more Jamaicans who were scheduled to be on Tuesday’s flight are still in the UK after they were granted a last minute reprieve by that country’s Court of Appeal.

Their lawyers argued that they were denied access to legal representation and the court agreed, thus ordering the Home Office not to deport them. They had been denied access to working sim cards at the Heathrow detention facilities following a mobile phone signal outage that prevented them from consulting their lawyers.

It is not known when they will be deported.