Cocaine sisters lose legal challenge
Two sisters jailed for trying to import cocaine into Northern Ireland have lost their legal bid to overturn a decision to have them deported.
Dutch nationals Siegnerella Elaine Flaneur (23) and Siegnette Elaine Flaneur (27) were seeking to judicially review the move taken by the Home Secretary.
The decision was set out in letters which concluded that they committed the crime for money and wound re-offend for the same reason.
The sisters were arrested at Belfast International Airport in April 2008 in connection with the attempted importation into the UK of 136 grammes of the class A drug. After both pleaded guilty Siegnette was jailed for three years and Siegnerella was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail.
They challenged the decision to deport them on release on the basis that it contravened their EC Treaty right to freedom of travel within the EU. It was also claimed the order was in breach of Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006. But Mr Justice Treacy dismissed their applications for judicial review.