Four Vietnamese asylum seekers earned a last-minute reprieve when judges ordered they be taken off a deportation flight leaving today. Pham Thi-hop, 39, her son Pham Dinh-thanh, 17, and Trong Dien, 27, and Phan Dinh Hoanh, 30, were due to be sent home even though they had been granted legal aid to challenge the Government's refusal to grant them refugee status. But yesterday, Mr Justice Frank Stock ordered Trong, Pham and her son to be removed from the flight pending their court hearings. Mr Justice Gerald Nazareth granted an injunction against Phan's deportation after an appeal shortly before midnight at his home. Phan, whose parents served with the South Vietnamese Army, fled to Hong Kong after escaping from a re-education camp. Pham, a teacher, was jailed because she taught students about blacklisted writers and Vietnamese politics. Released after three months, she found work in a factory, but was fired for waging a campaign against poor conditions. Pham, who continued writing for underground publications, was jailed again when she tried to flee Vietnam in 1985 after the arrest of her mentor. While in prison, officials persuaded her husband to get a divorce. This happened behind her back, she said. After discovering what had happened, she chopped off her little finger, thrust it at the guards and said: 'This is my flesh and blood.' Two years later, her brothers were beaten up and sent to a re-education camp while trying to stop officials seizing her writings. Pham and her son fled to Hong Kong in 1989 from where she continued her campaigning against the communist system. Trong was sentenced to three years forced labour because of his father's army background.