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Doncaster Today – An asylum seeker who converted to Christianity and fears death if he returns to his Muslim homeland has won a temporary reprieve from deportation in London’s High Court. Ali Avishli, 37, who fled Iran in June 2002 following persecution, converted to Christianity after regularly attending Doncaster Baptist Church and was baptised two years go. Mr Avishli’s case was exclusively reported by the Free Press last November when he stitched his lips together and went for 17 days without food and water after apparently losing hope over his bid to stay in the UK. The divorced father-of-five was later told the Home Secretary had refused to hear his asylum application as a fresh claim, ruling that he should have mentioned his burgeoning interest in Christianity during consideration of his original bid. But on Monday lawyers for Mr Avishli asked Mr Justice Collins, sitting at London’s High Court, to grant permision to seek judicial review of the Home secretary’s decision. For Mr Avishli, Martin Wynne-Jones, argued that his client could not prove that he was a committed Christian at the earlier hearing as he was not baptised until months after the proceedings had concluded. He added that Mr Avishli has a genuine “fear of persecution, harassment and real risk of harm due to his religious beliefs” and that Iranian authorities would now be aware of his conversion because of publicity of his case…[Go To Full Story]