Alleged recruiter for Isis in Ireland deported to Jordan
Man was taken from Cloverhill Prison and deported from Dublin Airport that evening
Colm O’Gorman: “International law prohibits Ireland from returning anyone to a country where they would be at real risk of torture or other serious human rights violations”
The man alleged to be one of the foremost supporters of Islamic State in the jurisdiction has been deported to Jordan.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was taken into custody on Monday night, after the High Court had refused to allow him leave to bring an appeal to the Court of Appeal. He was taken from Cloverhill Prison at midday Wednesday and was deported from Dublin Airport later that evening. It is understood he left on a chartered plane rather than on a scheduled flight.
His solicitors, KRW Law, Belfast, made last-minute approaches to the Supreme Court and to the European Court of Human Rights, but were unable to prevent the deportation going ahead.
In proceedings before the courts the man has claimed he was tortured in Jordan during the 1990s and faced being tortured there again if returned.
The State said the man was the foremost organiser and facilitator of travel by extremists prepared to undertake violent action on behalf of Isis and its “main recruiter” in Ireland. The man, who had lived here since 2000, denied the claims. He denied he had consulted with violent extremist leaders outside Ireland, represented a threat to national security or had recruited for Islamic extremist groups.
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“International law prohibits Ireland from returning anyone to a country where they would be at real risk of torture or other serious human rights violations. It’s a very bad day for human rights when a government tries to send someone back to a country they know he will almost certainly be tortured in,” said Colm O’Gorman, executive director of Amnesty International Ireland.