THE grandmother of a 10-year-old Georgian boy orphaned in Scotland has handed a petition signed by more than 60,000 people into the Home Office in Glasgow.

Giorgi Kakava and his widowed mum Sophie fled Georgia seven years ago following threats from gangland figures there, but she died in February before their asylum application could be processed.

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The youngster, who only speaks English, is being looked after by his grandmother Ketino Baikhadze, but both fear deportation if their new application for asylum is unsuccessful.

Rev Brian Casey, minister of Springburn Parish Church, has led the campaign to allow the pair to stay, and accompanied Giorgi’s grandmother to hand over the petition.

It came as Glasgow North East MP Paul Sweeney called on the Prime Minster to guarantee asylum for the boy, urging Theresa May during Prime Minister’s Questions: “Will the Prime Minister promise today that he will not, under any circumstances, be torn from his school friends in Glasgow and sent to a country that is entirely foreign to him?”

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She said it was right that the case be looked at properly, “and that is what I will ask the Home Office to do”.

Sweeney added: “This case demonstrates the human cost of Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ policy – broken families, broken friendships and broken lives.

“It is unthinkable that Giorgi could face deportation and I hope that my intervention forces the Home Office to see sense.”

Casey said he was pleased that May had given an assurance that the case would be examined.

Of the petition, he said: “The petition reflects strong public opinion that Giorgi is, by all intents and purposes, a ‘Scottish’ boy and should not be deported to a foreign country he doesn’t know.”