Monday 18 December 2017

Son of man whose deportation is sought because of alleged involvement with Islamic terrorists was held without charge in Jordan, High Court hears

The Four Courts, Dublin
The Four Courts, Dublin

Aodhan O'Faolain

A SON of a man, whose deportation from Ireland is sought because of alleged involvement with Islamic terrorists, was detained and held without charge for almost three months in Jordan, the High Court heard.

The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, denies the State's claims he has consulted with senior violent extremist leaders outside Ireland, made travel arrangements for and is involved in recruiting members for Isil or that he represents a threat to national security.

He has brought  proceedings challenging the Minister for Justice and Equality decision to deport him to Jordan.

On the second day of the hearing, Mr Justice Richard Humphreys was told the man fears that he will be tortured if deported to Jordan.

This fear has been heightened as a result of his son's recent detention by the Jordanian authorities, it is claimed.

In documents to the court, the man says that last November one of his sons disappeared after he was due to travel to Turkey to study. The Red Cross  were contacted about the disappearance and it made inquiries.

The man and his family were told his son was being detained at the General Detention Centre in Jordan, where his father says he had previously been held and tortured. No reasons were given to the Red Cross why the son was detained.

The man's son was released in recent days.

The court also heard a close relative of the man, who was killed fighting the Assad regime in Syria, had prior to his death been arrested and interrogated by the Jordanian authorities on account of being related to the man.

These arrests and detentions heightened the man's fears he may be subjected to torture.

The man had been living in Ireland since 2000, on the basis he has an Irish citizen child.

Last year the authorities decided not to renew his residency permit because child had not been residing in the State.

The man was then informed the State wants to deport him back to Jordan.

He claims he was tortured over a period of several years in Jordan due to his political activities prior to his arrival in Ireland. He claims the treatment he received in Jordan has resulted in health problems which he currently suffers from.

Following the state's decision not to renew his residency, he applied for asylum. The Minister for Justice and Equality has refused to make a decision on on his application for asylum, the court heard.

He claims this is unlawful.

He seeks an order compelling the Minister to accept his application for asylum and is challenging the Minister's deportation decision.

The Minister opposes the application.

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