Bishop Mone pleads for return of Ay family.
Please find attached a copy of a letter sent to the Home Secretary from Bishop John Mone, President of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland.
A copy has also been sent to Jack McConnell
The Rt. Honourable David Blunkett, M.P.,
50 Queen AnneÃ‚ ¹s Gate,
12th February 2004
Thank you once again for meeting me at your London office last July.
I am very disturbed to hear that the Ay family whom you mentioned are now to be deported from Germany and sent to Turkey, which never was and never will be the home of the children.
Again on humanitarian grounds and with the backing of the Scottish people as a whole, a people whose vote has been so important to putting you in office, I ask that this family be allowed to return to the U.K., even Scotland.
I cannot ask that they be returned to Dungavel, an institution which is clearly unfit and unsuitable for children. There must be other alternatives.
There can be exceptions and a Christian country such as we claim to be must allow for times when we look to the Christian values of compassion and mercy.
President of Catholic Justice & Peace Commission
Bishop of Paisley
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