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Calls to close controversial Napier barracks after asylum-seekers win legal case

Ahmed Kaballo

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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