UK: A Significant Blow to Deportation with Assurances

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"On 18 April, in a judgment that is now final, as Home Secretary Theresa May chose not to appeal within the 10-day period granted, judges at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) in London ended the long-running deportation case of six Algerian terrorism suspects. The appeal against deportation, lodged over a decade ago in 2005, concerned safety on return to Algeria.


Having spent almost the whole of this century subject to some form of detention, they have never been charged or convicted of terrorism offences in the UK, or know what they are suspected of.


The British government has failed to deport anyone on the basis of assurances given by the five countries it has concluded agreements with. One of the special advocates in the case, Martin Goudie, a security-vetted barrister who represented the appellants in the closed case, stated, “This does not bring an end to DWA, but […] is a significant blow to it.” Later this year, such assurances will come under scrutiny again when SIAC hears the deportation to Jordan case of N2."

See the full text: A Significant Blow to Deportation with Assurances (One Small Window, link)

See the judgment: Special Immigration Appeals Commission: Appeal between BB, PP, W, U, Y and Z and The Secretary of State for the Home Department (18 April 2016, pdf)

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