Date set for Sahar deportation hearing

The Supreme Court has set a date to hear the case of the 14-year-old Afghan girl the Netherlands plans to deport, a spokeswoman told the Telegraaf on Tuesday. The case will be heard on March 30.

Immigration minister Gerd Leers said in January he planned to appeal against a lower court ruling to halt the planned deportation. Sahar Hbrahim Gel and her family have lived in the Netherlands for 10 years.
Leers wants the Supreme Court to decide if the fact the girl has become westernised is a good enough reason not to deport her. This is of fundamental importance to Dutch asylum law, he said.
The minister has also asked the foreign ministry to prepare a report on the situation in Afghanistan for young girls who go to school. Sahar is in the pre-university stream.
In January, the lower court said Leer’s decision to deport the family was not properly motivated. The teenager is completely westernised and there is no guarantee the local forces of law and order will be able to protect her, the judges said.
Earlier this month, it emerged that the United Nations refugee organisation believes she should be given refugee status on similar grounds.

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