Imam Sajid, a former chairman of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, urged the escapees to give themselves up, but also called for a change to the way immigrants are treated. He said: "The problem we have is these people feel they are treated like criminals when their crimes are simply fleeing their own country for whatever reason".
Treated like criminals, eh ?
The Home Office has confirmed the 14 men still on the run from an immigration detention centre have all been convicted of criminal offences. The men were among 26 people who fled the Campsfield Detention Centre in Oxfordshire following a riot there on Saturday night. A spokeswoman for the Home Office said they had all served their sentences and were awaiting deportation. She said the most serious offence any of them had committed was robbery.
Note the theories of Evan 'Dr Death' Harris :
"It is not surprising that seemingly indefinite detention without charge or without conviction leads to frustration, misery and potential unrest".
It's only "seemingly indefinite" because of the taxpayer-funded lawyers spinning out the appeals process !
UPDATE - Martin Kelly notes the lack of descriptions for any of the men of no appearance.