Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement's northern branch
Sheikh R'ad Salah, head of the Islamic Movement's northern branch, during questioning by police June 1, 2010. Photo by Tess Scheflan
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A British High Court determined Friday evening that the arrest of Raed Salah, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel’s Northern Branch, upon landing in the United Kingdom two months ago, was illegal, and as such, Salah is eligible to receive compensation from the state.

The Birmingham court will convene on Monday to discuss Salah’s appeal of his deportation order and ban on entering the country.

Salah was released from detention after two weeks, but his movements in London have been restricted since that time.

The Islamic Movement expressed satisfaction at the court’s decision and said that it proved that Salah’s arrest was due to a political witch-hunt against him, resulting from pressure exerted on the British government by the “Zionist lobby” to quash Salah’s voice.

Salah was arrested at the hotel he was staying at after returning from a lecture that he delivered in Leceister on June 29. Although Salah is 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.

A week after Salah was originally arrested, a London court dismissed his first appeal of the decision to arrest him and deny him entry to the country. His insistence on appealing a second time has borne fruit.