Minister again refuses to revoke deportation order against Algerian man

The man wishes to challenge Minister for Justice’s decision, High Court told

The State said the man’s challenge will be opposed and   it wanted the matter heard as soon as possible. The judge adjourned the matter for two weeks.

The State said the man’s challenge will be opposed and it wanted the matter heard as soon as possible. The judge adjourned the matter for two weeks.

 

The Minister for Justice has again refused to revoke a deportation order against an Algerian man with alleged links to Islamic terrorism, the High Court has heard. The man intends to challenge that refusal, the court was told.

The Supreme Court had last July unanimously quashed the Minister for Justice’s refusal to revoke the deportation order issued in December 2016 and remitted his case to the Minister for reconsideration.

The Supreme Court’s ruling came after the man appealed an earlier High Court order which found the Minister’s decision there were no substantial grounds to find he would be at real risk of ill treatment if deported to his home country was lawful.

When the case returned before Mr Justice Richard Humphreys at the High Court on Monday, David Leonard BL, for the man, said the Minister, after reconsidering the matter, had informed his client late last month he was refusing to revoke the deportation order.

The man wishes to bring proceedings challenging the Minister’s decision, counsel said.

Sinead McGrath BL, for the State, said the man’s challenge will be opposed and the State wanted the matter heard as soon as possible.

The judge adjourned the matter for two weeks.

The State claims the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is involved with Islamic terrorism and was convicted of terrorism offences in Algeria and France.

The Minister issued a deportation order after gardaí told the Department of Justice the activities of the man and his associates were “of serious concern” and “contrary to the State’s security”.

The man, aged in his 50s and living in Ireland for several years, denies being involved in terrorism or in groups such as Al-Qaeda. If deported, he is at risk of being tortured and subjected to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment due to his political views, he claims.

During the 1990s, he was convicted of several offences in Algeria and received three life sentences and two death sentences. Death sentences are no longer carried out.

The offences included forming an armed terrorist group intending to spread murder, sabotage, possession of prohibited war weapons assassination, theft intending to harm the security of his home country. He was also convicted and jailed for eight years following his arrested in France in 2002.

A French court found him guilty of charges including membership of a criminal organisation preparing an Act of Terrorism.