Stur­geon calls for ur­gent re­view into case of or­phan fac­ing de­por­ta­tion

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By LUCINDA CAMERON tom.peterkin@scots­

Scot­land’s First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon has called on the Home Of­fice to “ur­gently re­view” the case of a tenyear-old or­phan who is fac­ing de­por­ta­tion.

Ms Stur­geon has called on the Home Of­fice to show “com­pas­sion” and “com­mon sense” to­wards Giorgi Kakava, who has lived in Scot­land for most of his life.

Giorgi was just three when he and his mother So­pio fled Ge­or­gia and sought asy­lum in Glas­gow be­cause his life was al­legedly threat­ened by peo­ple his late fa­ther is said to have owed money to. 0 Giorgi Kakava has lived in Scot­land since he was three

His mother died in Fe­bru­ary af­ter a long ill­ness while she was await­ing the out­come of an ap­peal for asy­lum for her and her son, leav­ing his fu­ture un­cer­tain.

Giorgi’s grand­mother, Ketino Baikhadze, is now his le­gal guardian and is also seek­ing asy­lum so she can stay in Glas­gow and look af­ter him.

More than 70,000 peo­ple have signed a pe­ti­tion to keep Giorgi in Glas­gow, which was launched by Church of Scot­land min­is­ter Rev­erend Brian Casey of Spring­burn Par­ish Church.

The case was raised at First Min­is­ter’s Ques­tions at Holy­rood by MSP Bob Doris, whose con­stituency cov­ers Giorgi’s Spring­burn home.

Ms Stur­geon said: “Giorgi’s case needs com­mon sense but above all it needs com­pas­sion, and I hope the Home Of­fice will ur­gently re­view it.”

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