Leader of Islamic Movement returns to Israel after U.K. legal battle (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Jack Khoury 04/17/12)
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Islamic activist Sheikh Ra´ad Salah returned to Israel on Monday
after spending ten months in Britain, where he was engaged in a
lengthy legal battle with the British Home Office and immigration
The Islamic Movement (Northern Branch) leader returned to Israel like
any other regular citizen after leaving British territory a free man
rather than under a deportation order. This was possible after Salah
won an appeal against the decision by British Home Secretary Theresa
May to deport him under a claim he posed a threat to the public.
Upon arriving in Israel, Salah was briefly detained by security
officials, but was released shortly after.
Last week, Britain´s Upper Immigration Tribunal upheld Salah´s appeal
and ruled that the decision to arrest him and to carry out a
deportation order against him was improper and unnecessary.
Judge Mark Ockelton said May was deceived by clerks in her office
when making the majority of her decisions on Salah, especially that
which determined he was a danger to the public.
Britain´s Home Office has said it is "disappointed" with the
tribunal´s decision and, if possible, would appeal.
Salah flew to Britain in June, despite an order from May that banned
his entry over his political activities. Salah´s legal team claimed
he had not been aware of the ban, had entered the country with a
passport issued in his name, and had made "no attempt" to conceal his
Three days after his June 25 arrival in the United Kingdom, Salah was
detained for three weeks. He was later released on bail and sought
damages for unlawful detention. The High Court ruled that since Salah
was not given "proper and sufficient reasons" for his arrest until
the third day of his detention, he should receive damages for that
period. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 04/17/12)
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