Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I Have Been Treated like a Terrorist'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I Have Been Treated like a Terrorist'

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Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter

AMOTHER-OF-TWO deported to Singapore despite being married to a North East man for nearly 30 years has hit out at the Government, saying they have treated her like a terrorist and accused her of being violent.

Irene Clennell, 53, the main carer for her County Durham husband John, was placed in an immigration detention centre before being deported to her country of origin on Sunday.

Irene, who was living in Ouston, near Chester-le-Street, and has two sons and a 10-month-old granddaughter, reportedly had just PS12 in her pocket and no change of clothes when she was removed from Britain.

After arriving in Singapore, she said in an interview that the Home Office lied to her by promising someone would meet her there but they never did and they ticked a box on a form handed to her which says she has been violent and disruptive.

Irene said: "It is a disgrace, they treat me like a terrorist and anything else under the sun.

"They embarrass me in front of everybody, the only thing I did wrong was marry a British man and want to stay in the country with my kids and my husband.

"I have never done wrong to anybody, all I want is my family and this is what I get."

She added: "I had to call my sister to ask her to put me up for a few days because what they told me was a lie. They said they would help me get a job and integrate me into Singapore society - it was all a lie.

"The people who escorted me to the airport told me there would be someone to meet up with me but they did not do anything.

"The officers handed me a letter from the Home Office which says I have exhibited disruptive and violent behaviour. It also says my case is subject to orchestrated public protest. They call me violent and all sorts of false accusations against me trying to justify what they are doing as right."

For now, Irene is staying with her sister but she says the situation is untenable. Her sister's sons, both married, are also there and the accommodation is cramped.

The family now have 28 days to lodge an appeal and have set up a GoFundMe page to help raise legal fees for her case. …

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