Press TV, London
'Squalid accommodation that was not fit to house human beings fleeing persecution,' that was how lawyers representing six asylum seekers described Napier Military Barracks in Kent, in a case brought to the British high court.
In a landmark ruling, Justice Linden agreed and said all of them were vulnerable victims of trafficking and or torture, who experienced a deterioration in their mental health as a result of their accommodation at Napier Barracks.
Napier Barracks was turned into a residents site for vulnerable asylum seekers despite a warning from Public Health England that the dormitories were not suitable accommodation during a pandemic.
However, the court found that advice was not followed, resulting in a widespread COVID outbreak infecting half of the residents. The Home Office responded to the ruling with a statement.
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