312. Defences based on the Refugee Convention.

It is a defence for a refugee1 charged with any offence or any attempt to commit an offence of:

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    (1)     forgery and connected offences2;

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    (2)     possession of false identity documents with improper intention or without reasonable excuse3;

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    (3)     deception4;

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    (4)     falsification of documents5,

to show that, having come to the United Kingdom directly from a country where his life or freedom was threatened6, he:

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    (a)     presented himself to the authorities in the United Kingdom7 without delay8;

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    (b)     showed good cause for his illegal entry or presence9; and

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    (c)     made a claim for asylum as soon as was reasonably practicable after