AN ASYLUM seeker who fled Iran after he was brutally beaten and raped has been ordered home.
And Navid Bayate say that if he is sent back to his homeland he could face the death penalty.
Navid, of Huntington Avenue, Bradley, was born into luxury in Iran and was brought up in a lavish home with a swimming pool.
The 33-year-old went to college and started a successful graphic design business.
But in 1998 he accepted a job from the Left-wing opposition political party to design a poster.
Shortly afterwards he was arrested by the notorious Revolutionary Guards. He was taken from his home to a detention centre while he awaited trial for alleged crimes against the state.
While in detention Navid was routinely beaten and lashed with piping. After three months he was sentenced to 10 months' imprisonment and a further 10-year suspended sentence.
He kept his head and battled through prison, determined to start again once he got out.
But when he did he found he was no longer allowed to trade and was being followed and harassed by the guards daily.
Then one afternoon he was jumped on, handcuffed and taken to a remote area, where he was tied to a tree.
Two guards then raped him.
Recounting the story, a tearful Navid said: "They left me tied to the tree for 48 hours. I fell unconscious because of the bleeding and the pain.
"When I woke up a small boy helped me free. I went back to my friend's house to get better. I could not go home in that state.
"I spoke to my father and said I could not live like this every day for the rest of my life. We decided I should leave."
Navid's father was so worried about his son that he paid £2,000 to get him a fake passport and smuggle him out of the country.
In Turkey, Navid paid another £5,000 to hitch a ride on the back of a lorry. He did not know where he was going until he arrived in Dover.
Now, six years on after working in Britain as a translator for the police and courts, he has been told he must leave.
"I came here and I could not speak English. But I am a proud man and I learnt," he said.
"My parents always told me never to be a burden, so as soon as I could work I did. I have cleaned toilets, worked in restaurants and all sorts just to work and pay my way.
"Now I have set up a business and I have a partner and am very close to her two children.
"I do not want this family to be torn apart. It is not fair. I have done nothing but flee a country where I was being persecuted.
"I broke Iranian law by leaving. If I go back I will face at least 15 years in prison.
"But that is if I am lucky. It is likely that I will be executed. How can a country like Britain, that is supposed to be a democracy and support human rights, do that?
"They are willing to send an innocent man home to be punished for something he has not done. Punished to the extent where he may be killed."
Luckily for Navid the UK is not currently deporting any Iranians, because of strained diplomatic relations. But he fears that could change at any time.
He said: "Every night I go to sleep wondering if they will come in the night to take me back to Iran.
"I wake up crying every night. I have done everything I can to make myself a worthwhile citizen.
"Other asylum seekers are allowed to stay, yet I have been told no. I am bemused as to why I have to go back."
Now Navid wants to get in touch with anyone who is willing to help him start a campaign to gain British citizenship.
Anyone interested in getting involved should email nbay email@example.com