Sunday 15 September 2019

'Terrorist recruiter' deportation appeal fails

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Tim Healy

The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision allowing the State to deport a man allegedly involved with Islamic terrorists to Jordan in 2016.

The State claimed the man was the "foremost organiser and facilitator of travel by extremists prepared to undertake violent action" on behalf of Islamic terrorists and was its "main recruiter" in Ireland.

The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, denies consulting with extremist leaders outside Ireland, that he represented a threat to national security, and recruiting members for Islamic extremist groups.

In 2016, Mr Justice Richard Humphreys dismissed the man's High Court actions aimed at preventing his deportation. The man was deported shortly afterwards.

His lawyers appealed the finding that he had not made a valid asylum claim, which was opposed by the State.

In a unanimous decision yesterday, a three-judge appeal court dismissed the appeal after finding that the man had not made a valid application asylum. The man claimed he was tortured in Jordan during the 1990s due to his political activities and feared being tortured if returned there. He lived in Ireland between 2000 and 2016, on the basis of having an Irish citizen child.

In 2015, the authorities decided not to renew his residency permit because the child wasn't residing in the State. After being told the State wanted to deport him, the man sought asylum and alleged the Justice Minister unlawfully refused to make a decision on his application.

Giving the decision, Mr Justice Hogan said in 2000 the man had withdrawn his application for asylum, and his application had not been refused by the minister.

Irish Independent

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