Asylum family in homes row 'were not persecuted'

  • 2003-07-03
  • Fiona Govan and Andrew Alderson, LONDON, Darius James Ross, VILNIUS
The rubbish bins are overflowing with rotting refuse and the yard is caked in soft mud. The wooden, two-story house is dilapidated and decayed. The "orchard" is a tiny garden with three trees that appear to bear no fruit.This is 24 Markuciu Street in Vilnius. It is a sad, damp, poorly equipped ramshackle eight-room house at the end of a gravel track in a run-down area on the edge of the historical Old Town.Yet, based on an account by the Anufrijevas family, the same house was described in court by a British judge as "comfortable and substantial."Southwark council in south London is accused ...
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