U.K. court annuls deportation of Israeli Arab Muslim leader
Sheikh Raed Salah, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel’s Northern Branch, was arrested in June 2010; his arrest has since been announced illegal.
A British High Court cancelled Saturday a deportation order for Sheikh Raed Salah, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel’s Northern Branch, saying that the order was given on the basis of false information.
Salah was arrested at the hotel he was staying at after returning from a lecture that he delivered in Leceister on June 29, 2011.
In September, a British High Court determined that Salah's arrest was illegal, and as such, Salah was eligible to receive compensation from the state.
Although Salah was permitted to leave the country, he has claimed ever since that his arrest is unjustified and has expressly stated on multiple occasions that he intends to fight the edicts in court.
On Saturday, the Islamic Movement in Israel’s Northern Branch announced that Salah's appeal against his deportation and ban order was successful, with Upper Immigration Tribunal judge CMG Ockelton saying that the order wasn't supported based on sufficient evidence.
Ockelton also reportedly said that the decision to deport Salah was reached based on faulty information, which led to Home Secretary Theresa May to sign it.
A joint statement released by the Israeli group with the U.K. Muslim community described the decision as a victory against the "Zionist lobby," who they said worked to deport Salah from Britain.