Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

They'll Leave My Children without Their Dad Because of a Trivial Slip

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

They'll Leave My Children without Their Dad Because of a Trivial Slip

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Byline: By Helen Rae

A slip-up could cost loving dad Mahmoud Mohamed his family and his home.

Three years ago while being quizzed by Government officials, he forgot his wife's middle name.

Now Mr Mohamed says the officials are claiming his marriage is a sham and threatening to send him back to his native Egypt.

His local MP and members of the community are upholding his right to stay. But he fears the worst and today begged the Home Office to let him stay in his adopted home.

Mr Mohamed, 37, fought back tears as he told of the possibility of having his application to stay in the UK turned down.

He has been living in the UK for 13 years since he left Cairo to find work as a clothes buyer.

After visiting Tyneside in 1996, he met his wife Michelle on the Tuxedo Princess and the couple have spent the intervening years in Scarborough Road, Walker, Newcastle, with their children Terri-Lee, 16, Jamie, 12, Amera, eight, and Sayed, five.

Now his family are fighting to avoid his deportation on February 20.

"I can't believe what's happening," he said. "The interview in which I couldn't remember my wife's full name was three years ago but I was only told about their concerns a few months ago.

"It's absolutely ridiculous that this has been going on for so long and they're threatening to send me back to Egypt because they think my marriage is fake.

"It's plain for everyone to see that Michelle and me are together for the long haul. It's disgusting to think they're prepared to leave my children without a father and destroy our family for something so trivial."

Mr Mohamed claims the Home Office has been slow about approving his application since 1994 and are keen to send him back to Egypt.

Before moving to Newcastle, he worked for the Egyptian Embassy in London, where he applied for a British visa. …

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