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ACTIVIST FACES DEPORTATION

PUBLISHED: 14:02 11 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:54 21 July 2010

A POLITICAL activist could face torture and maybe death if he is deported to his native Burma. Mim Hein, could be kicked out of the country after being incarcerated for four months for identity fraud...

A POLITICAL activist could face torture and maybe death if he is deported to his native Burma.

Mim Hein, could be kicked out of the country after being incarcerated for four months for identity fraud.

Mr Hein originally came to the UK on a student visa, his passport was then reportedly lost and he was encouraged to apply for asylum under a false name.

However, his friends and fellow activists are afraid that if the 29-year-old is sent back to Burma his life would be in danger because of his political activities.

Mr Hein, who lives in Rectory Road, Stoke Newington, has campaigned against the human rights record of the Burmese government, since arriving in the UK two years ago.

Mr Hein was one of the founder members of the Burma Political Forum which held its inaugural meeting at The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) on February 2.

The group's next meeting was cancelled because of Mr Hein's potential deportation.

Now his friends and fellow activists are lobbying the government to keep him in the country.

When approached by the Gazette, the Home Office said it was unable to comment on individual cases.

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