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Father-of-four alleged to be 'main recruiter' in Ireland for Isil files appeal against deportation decision

Ray Managh

Published 29/12/2015 | 13:19

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A father of four, who is alleged by the Government to be the “main recruiter” in Ireland for Isil, has filed notice of appeal against a High Court decision that now allows his imminent deportation to the Middle East.

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The man (ages in his 50s), who denies he is a recruiter for the so-called Islamic State, cannot be named for legal reasons. His lawyers today confirmed they had lodged papers with the Court of Appeal which it has asked to sit as soon as possible. 

It was not known early today when the court, consisting of three judges, will convene.

In March last, due to the Government’s belief he was recruiting for Islamic extremists in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, he was told the Irish authorities intended to deport him.

On December 21 the man obtained a High Court injunction restraining his deportation but that ruling, on an application by the Department for Justice yesterday, was overturned by Ms Justice Carmel Stewart.

Judge Stewart said the question for the court was where the greater injustice lay --- maintaining or lifting the injunction. 

The issue of a threat to national security was something she was entitled to take into account.

The man had been described in court yesterday as “the foremost organiser and facilitator of travel by extremists prepared to undertake violent action” on behalf of Isil.

He claims he is a bona fide refugee applicant who would suffer inhuman and degrading treatment, torture and “even fatal consequences” if returned to a Middle Eastern country.

Judge Stewart was told by a senior Department of Justice official that, based on intelligence amassed by gardai and their counterparts in other jurisdictions, the State believed the man was consulted by and gave directions to senior violent extremist leaders outside Ireland.

The judge, discharging the injunction previously granted to the man, said she took into account the very serious information the State had put before the court concerning his alleged activities.

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