Letter: In Brief

Sir: Having just returned from a month's visit to Nigeria and having seen for myself the tragic mess that that once prosperous country has been reduced to by its military dictators, I believe it would be an act of wanton cruelty to deport Ben James there ("Banker loses his battle to stay", 15 December). After his long residency in Britain, a country he now sees as his own and to which he has contributed much through his business activities, for the Court of Appeal to treat him as if he were guilty of criminality is utterly distasteful.