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Complainant Name:
Mr John Thuo

Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 10

Publication: Coventry Telegraph

Complaint:

Mr John Thuo, through his solicitors, complained to the Press Complaints Commission, under Clause 1 (Accuracy), Clause 3 (Privacy) and Clause 10 (Subterfuge) about an article which he considered to have reported as fact his claims to have committed serious crimes in Kenya, when these claims had been rejected by both the Home Office and Upper Tribunal during his successful appeal against deportation. The complainant was also concerned that the article had inaccurately reported that he had lived in publicly funded accommodation since 2003.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved after the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction and apology, as well as the removal of the online article:

‘Following our article of May 20, 2013 concerning the Upper Tribunal's decision to allow Mr John Thuo's appeal against a decision to remove him from the United Kingdom, we have been asked to make clear that both the Home Office and the Tribunal disbelieved Mr Thuo's account of having committed crimes in Kenya. His appeal was allowed on the separate basis of his serious illness and risk of self-harm. Our article also wrongly alleged that Mr Thuo has been in publicly funded accommodation since 2003. We apologise for these errors.'

Date Published: 08/08/2013



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