Category Archives: Terrorism

New evidence must satisfy Ladd v Marshall to justify departure from FTT decision on refugee status

R (Al-Siri) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] EWCA Civ 113 (08 February 2021) The Court of Appeal dismissed the government’s appeal against the judgment of Richard Clayton QC where he had quashed the decision of the … Continue reading

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Government loses bid to lower bar for exclusion of extremists from refugee status

The Secretary of State for the Home Department v NF [2021] EWCA Civ 17 (11 January 2021)  The Court of Appeal has dismissed the government’s appeal as to the lowering of the high threshold for the engagement of article 1F(c) … Continue reading

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Syria returnee’s proceedings do not breach right to fair trial

QX v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWHC 2508 (Admin) (21 September 2020) “QX” the claimant for judicial review was a British jihadi who had spent time in Syria. He aligned himself with a group that was … Continue reading

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Shamima Begum wins in Court of Appeal 

Begum v Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) [2020] EWCA Civ 918 (16 July 2020) The Court of Appeal has unanimously held that the only way Ms Shamima Begum, who left the UK for Syria aged only 15 along with her … Continue reading

Posted in Access to Justice, Article 2, Article 3, Article 8, Citizenship and Nationality, Court of Appeal, Deprivation of Citizenship, ECHR, ISIS/ISIL, Politics, Public Interest, Syria, Terrorism, UKSC | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

MLA without death penalty assurance breaches the DPA 

Elgizouli v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] UKSC 10 (25 March 2020)  This judgment his about a number of things. It is about mutual legal assistance (MLA), it is about the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria/Levant … Continue reading

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Tortured Tamil refugee wins in Court of Appeal 

RS (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWCA Civ 1796 (28 October 2019)  The Court of Appeal has held that RS, a Sri Lankan national, who had been detained and tortured by Sri Lankan authorities … Continue reading

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Should the UK provide MLA to the US for the death penalty? 

In the Divisional Court, the mother of the accused ISIS terrorist Shafee El Sheikh, Maha El Gizouli failed in her challenge against the Home Secretary’s decision to provide mutual legal assistance (MLA) to the US without requiring an assurance that … Continue reading

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No death penalty assurance is necessary for ISIS ‘Beatles’

R (El Gizouli) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 60 (Admin) (18 January 2019) In a rolled-up hearing, Lord Burnett LCJ and Garnham J granted permission for judicial review in these proceedings but their Lordships dismissed … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal: ‘Indiscriminate Methods of Warfare’ in Gaza

MI (Palestine) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 1782 (31 July 2018) Holding that it is sufficiently arguable that the situation in Gaza is attributable to direct and indirect actions of parties to the conflict … Continue reading

Posted in Article 3, Asylum, Automatic Deportation, Court of Appeal, ECHR, Egypt, Gaza, Israel, Palestine, Persecution, Politics, Somalia, Terrorism, Tribunals | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Lawful Detention is a Precondition for Granting Bail

B (Algeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] UKSC 5 (8 February 2018) The case of “B” enabled the Supreme Court to put to rest the theory that continuous lawful detention is not a condition precedent for exercising … Continue reading

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Case Preview: B (Algeria) v SSHD

The respondent “B” entered the UK illegally in 1993. He is probably from Algeria. But since he refuses to identify himself his real nationality is unknown. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court heard the SSHD’s appeal on the issue whether, … Continue reading

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AG Bot: No Coverage for Mental Illness and Past Torture under the Qualification Directive

The annihilation of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) came at the cost of widespread human rights abuses and “unacceptably high” civilian casualties if not outright genocide. In MP (Sri Lanka) (C‑353/16, EU:C:2017:795), a reference from the UK Supreme … Continue reading

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Statelessness: Ethnic Cleansing and the Rohingya

UNHCR estimates that at least 10 million people around the world are stateless. People who are denied a nationality are automatically disentitled from everyday activities most of us take for granted. The inability to access banking, education, employment and healthcare … Continue reading

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The Bad Citizen and EU Law

Arranz (EEA Regulations – Deportation – Test: Spain) [2017] UKUT 294 (IAC) (22 August 2017) Over the years, the CJEU has carved out a special status for those bad EU citizens whose extreme crimes totally transgress the laws of the … Continue reading

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‘Human Marketplace’: New Libya Country Guidance

ZMM (Article 15(c)) Libya CG [2017] UKUT 263 (IAC) (28 June 2017) When “mad dog” Muammar Gaddafi deposed Libya’s King Idris in 1969, his hero Nasser was both shocked and amused that the jaded ideology conjuring up fake dreams of … Continue reading

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Jihad and the Cancellation of British Passports

R (XH and AI) v SSHD [2017] EWCA Civ 41 (02 February 2017) Fighting in foreign wars is a rising trend among British Muslims. Now that more than 400 British jihadis have returned home they will inevitably indoctrinate impressionable youth … Continue reading

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Algerian Jihadist poised for ILR

G v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWHC 3232 (Admin) (16 December 2016) An “Arab-Afghan” and a Salafist who joined the dreaded Fronte Islamique de Salut (FIS) in 1989, the claimant was an Algerian national who tried … Continue reading

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RLR and Irrationality: Settlement for Sikh Separatist

MS (India) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWHC 3162 (Admin) (09 December 2016) This intriguing article 1F case concerns a Sikh separatist, or “terrorist” from India’s point of view, seeking a free Khalistān – literally “the … Continue reading

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No Section 83 Right of Appeal for Asylum Decision

MS (Uganda) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] UKSC 33 (22 June 2016) This case is somewhat academic because it relates to the construction of section 83 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002. The provision … Continue reading

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Safe to Return: Asylum and Unlawful Exit from Iran

SSH and HR (illegal exit: failed asylum seeker) (CG) [2016] UKUT 308 (IAC) (29 June 2016) With former home secretary Theresa May at the helm as prime minister, these days the British are preoccupied with hammering out a good Brexit … Continue reading

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