Thursday 14 December 2017

Isil suspect says he was tortured with electricity shock

The High Court, Dublin
The High Court, Dublin
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

A suspected Isil activist seeking to stop Irish authorities from deporting him has claimed he was subjected to various forms of torture in his native Jordan.

These include falanga, which is the whipping or beating of the soles of the feet, having his fingernails squeezed, and being administered electric shocks, the High Court was told.

He also claimed to have been left to hang by the arms, in some cases by one arm, for up to 24 hours. The alleged torture was inflicted when the man was arrested in Jordan between 1993 and 1995.

Human rights barrister Danny Friedman QC told the court the man was detained arising from his opposition to the regime in Jordan and had "suffered appalling torture at the hands of Jordanian authorities".

The man, who has lived in Ireland since 2000, has denied claims by Irish authorities that he is the foremost Irish-based organiser and facilitator of Isil fighters.

He claims he will be subject to further torture if he is deported to Jordan on foot of an order from the Justice Minister.

His legal team has brought judicial review proceedings seeking to have the decision to deport him set aside.

His lawyers allege authorities gave insufficient weight to medical evidence showing he had been tortured in the past.

The court heard the man, who cannot be identified, had left Jordan with his family in 1995, travelling to Spain, Holland, Germany and the UK .

He arrived in Ireland in 2000 and gained residency after a child was born here.

Mr Friedman said his client's allegations of torture were supported by a medical examination conducted by a doctor for Spirasi, a specialist centre for survivors of torture.

The court was told the man currently suffered from walking difficulties, which is common for people subjected to falanga, even many years later. He also has back and heart problems.

Mr Friedman put forward a number of documents in support of his view that Islamist suspects are in danger from Jordan's General Intelligence Directorate (GID).

He said it was likely the GID would want to interrogate his client, given the allegations levelled at him by Irish authorities.

They would want to know the identities of who the man allegedly helped travel to the Middle East to commit violent actions. Mr Friedman told the court Islamists had been held in "semi-isolation" in GID detention centres and that his client had "a well-founded fear of persecution".

The case continues.

Irish Independent

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