Not Saussure

September 5, 2006

Iraqis deported despite legal challenges

Filed under: Blogroll, civil liberties, Iraq, Politics, UK — notsaussure @ 4:03 pm

From Europhobia:

Erm… “John Reid will sanction the forced removal of up to 32 Iraqis today after telling the high court he would ignore any last-minute legal challenge to their deportation.”

Yes, that’s right – the Home Secretary has announced that he will ignore legal challenges to his decisions.

Yes, that’s right – the same Home Secretary who is in charge of the criminal justice system.

And that’s ignoring the issue of whether or not we should consider deporting people to a country plagued by indiscriminate daily violence and kidnappings, arguably in a state of civil war, with an inadequate policing and justice system, severely damaged infrastructure, which the Foreign Office advises against travel to, and which is so dangerous that previous deportations have had to sneak into the country on a roundabout route in chartered planes…

To be strictly accurate, he’s ignoring the fact of existing legal challenges to their deportation; as the Guardian report explains ‘It is known that a number of legal challenges have been made to a duty
judge but the only way individuals will be taken off the flight is if
an injunction is served.

I’ve just checked with the Refugee Council’s Press Office (16:00) and they tell me the flight’s taken off; their understanding is that injunctions were granted for some of the people (who were presumably taken off the plane), but not for all. It’s unclear at the moment whether the people on the plane applied for injunctions and were refused by the duty judge or whether they just weren’t able to get their applications considered in time.

Presumably they’re expected to continue to seek legal redress through the British courts from Irbil in northern Iraq, an area administered by the Kurdish regional government, to where they’re being flown.

It’s a shocking situation, though, as Nosemonkey says, that John Reid takes this cavalier attitude to all legal restraints on his power. Whenever it’s possible for the Executive legally to circumvent due process, you can bet your bottom euro that at some point they will.

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