Wednesday 28 September 2016

'Isil recruiter' fighting attempt to deport him from Ireland - High Court

Ruaidhrí Giblin

Published 01/03/2016 | 19:01

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A man is fighting an attempt to deport him after the State claimed he is involved with Islamic terrorists, the High Court heard.

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The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has been living in Ireland with his family since 2000.

He has brought proceedings arising out of a decision taken by the authorities last year not to renew his residency permit.

He was then informed the State wants to deport him to Jordan where he fears he will be tortured because of his political activities.

He secured residency in 2000 because of his son is an Irish citizen.

However his residency permit was not renewed over a year ago because his son had been living overseas.

He applied for asylum which the Minister for Justice and Equality has refused to make a decision on.

He denies claims he has consulted with senior violent extremist leaders outside Ireland, made travel arrangements for, and is involved in recruiting members for Islamic extremist group Isil.

He also denies claims he has acted on behalf of Isil or that he represents a threat to national security.

He seeks an order compelling the Minister to accept his application for asylum as well as a declaration he is entitled to apply for refugee status without needing the Minister's consent.  

He wants the decision to deport him set aside.

The hearing opened before Mr Justice Richard Humphreys Tuesday (Mar 1).

The Minister opposes the application on grounds including that it is an abuse of process.

The matter was previously before the court when the man obtained a temporary injunction in December preventing his deportation.

On December 28 last, the State had that injunction set aside by the High Court on the basis the man represented a risk to national security.

That decision was appealed to the Court of Appeal.

Proceedings before the Appeal Court were dramatically put on hold following an intervention by the European Court of Human Rights.

It asked the State not to deport the man until his legal proceedings challenging the planned deportation are concluded. The State agreed to the request.

The case continues.

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