AN IRAQI living in Huddersfield fears for his life after being told he will be deported next week.
Tasen Aziz, 23, is due to be sent back to Kirkuk in northern Iraq next Friday, despite fears for his life.
His wife, Sian Roberts, who is in their house at Rawthorpe, says Mr Aziz believes he will be killed after his father and uncle were murdered in the 1990s for opposing the rulers.
His mother and brother have been in hiding since 2004 and he does not know where they are.
But immigration officials say they expect newcomers to Britain to play by the rules, which Mr Aziz didn’t.
Next Friday Mr Aziz will board a plane back to Iraq, leaving his devastated wife behind.
Ms Roberts, 22, said: “They say Kirkuk is safe to go back to now, but not for him.
“His father and uncle were killed and his mother and brother are in hiding.
“It is not safe for him and he believes he will be killed if he is sent back.
“They haven’t even considered that he has a wife; what happens to our marriage?
“We hope to start a family.
“If I go out there I could be killed. But I’ll go if I have to because he is my husband.
“How can they send someone back who is possibly going to be killed?”
Mr Aziz came to the UK on the back of a lorry in September, 2004, after fleeing Iraq in fear of his life.
Ms Roberts met him in June, 2006, and they got married on June 19 this year in an Islamic ceremony. Ms Roberts became a Muslim before they married.
Mr Aziz fled Iraq after one of his brothers carried out a revenge attack after the murder of his father and uncle.
But he now fears supporters of a ruling Kurdish family will hunt him down and kill him in revenge for his brothers actions.
Ms Roberts added: “He is really, really depressed. He keeps telling me that he is OK, but he says that because he doesn’t want me to worry about him.
“But I know he’s not coping at all.
“He fears for his life and so do I.
“He is such a kind and gentle person. He is so caring and he helps anyone he can.”
Mr Aziz was arrested on March 11 for working illegally. He had been living on £35 a week vouchers, but got a job packing potatoes.
Ms Roberts says her husband was sentenced to serve six months for working illegally.
On June 11 Mr Aziz believed he was going to be released when immigration officials locked him up at Lindholme Immigration Centre, near Doncaster, pending further investigation.
But he has now been told he must return to Iraq.
Ms Roberts is now contacting Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman to ask for his help.
She says the decision to send her husband back could, ultimately, be a death sentence.
A spokeswoman for the UK Border Agency said: “We expect newcomers to Britain to play by the rules.
“We strongly believe foreign lawbreakers should be sent home at the earliest opportunity.
“Already this year we’ve rid the country of over 2,400 foreign lawbreakers.
“The Border Agency plans to remove 5,000 foreign criminals by the end of the year, an increase on last year’s record-breaking levels.’’
She added that they would not send someone back to a place that was not considered safe.