December 2007
He arrived in the Republic of Ireland seeking asylum from severe persecution and violence.

Since then he has been housed in various asylum centres around the country.

April 2008
First interview with Department of Justice officials
He submitted documents proving his nationality - he was given a receipt for same.
The interview lasted two hours.

He was refused asylum on the grounds that he had failed to hand over any documentation to prove his nationality.

His solicitor wrote 15 letters to the Department informing them that he had a receipt to prove that the relevant documentation had been submitted.

He was eventually given a second interview (17 months after his first)

September 2009
Second interview with Department of Justice officials.
The tone was aggressive.
The interview lasted eight and a quarter hours.
He was allowed two fifteen minute breaks.
He was given no food.
The interpreter provided had difficulty speaking his language.

He was again refused asylum on the grounds that the Department did not believe his nationality.

He made an appeal to the Refugee Appeals Tribunal and a date was set for an oral hearing. In an oral hearing he describes his experiences in detail to a Judge who decides if the decision of the Department to refuse asylum is right or wrong.

Due to his experience of poor interpreters he wrote to the judge and all legal people involved in his case to request an interpreter with adequate knowledge of his language. He suggested a number of individuals and organisations in Ireland who could provide this service. His letter was ignored.

April 2010 - 1st oral hearing
After the hearing began it was discovered that the interpreter provided was unable to speak his language.
The hearing was adjourned.

May 2010 - 2nd oral hearing
After the hearing began it was discovered that the interpreter provided was unable to speak his language.
The hearing was adjourned.

June 2010 - 3rd oral hearing
After the hearing began it was discovered that there was a technical difficulty with a medical report.
The hearing was adjourned.

September 2010 - 4th oral hearing
He was notified by letter that this hearing date was cancelled.
No reason was given.

October 2010 - 5th oral hearing
He was notified by letter that this hearing date was cancelled.
No reason was given.

November 2010 - 6th oral hearing
After the hearing began it was discovered that the interpreter provided was unable to speak his language.
The hearing was adjourned.

(At this hearing the judge pointed out that a clear request had been made for an adequate interpreter and ordered that one be present at the next hearing. The Judge also remarked that ‘this is a mans life we’re dealing with’.

December 2010 - 7th oral hearing
The interpreter did not arrive due to bad weather.
The hearing was adjourned.

January 2011 - 8th oral hearing
After the hearing began it was discovered that the interpreter provided was unable to read or write his language. This was unacceptable due to the number of documents involved.
The hearing was adjourned.

On this occasion the Judge happened to meet him outside before the hearing and wished him a happy new year.

Feb 2011 - 9th oral hearing
Hearing completed - despite the interpreters difficulty with some of the language.

Now he awaits the judges decision.
There is no time frame provided for how long a decision may take.
It could be weeks or months.