IRELAND: Pamela Recruits New Lawyers In Deportation Fight

THE woman at the centre of the alleged female genital mutilation (FGM) case has got new lawyers to fight her case.

Nigerian-born Pamela Izevbekhai is fighting a bid to deport her and her two daughters because of her fears they may be subjected to FGM.

Last month, it was revealed that documentation used to support her original claim to stay here had been forged. The lawyers who had fought her case up until then asked the Supreme Court to be allowed not to represent her any more.

The Sligo-based woman was told last month by Chief Justice John Murray to have new lawyers in place before May 28, when an application by the State to have her entire case dismissed will be heard. Ms Izevbekhai was not in court yesterday.

But Patrick Dillon Malone, her new counsel, said her new legal team would be representing her on May 28.

Ms Izevbekhai had failed in several High Court bids against deportation, culminating in the intervention of the European Court of Human Rights last November.

The ECHR got the Government to postpone any deportation moves.


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DATE: 22/05/2009

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