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Iranian fought nine asylum battles

An Iranian unhappy at being refused asylum by Home Office officials has fought nine legal battles in less than five years, judges said today.

Detail of the 20-year-old man's litigation history emerged as he lost his latest fight.

A ruling by the Court of Appeal showed that the man had fought at immigration tribunals and the High Court - mounting appeals and launching a judicial review.

Three appeal judges said in the latest fight the man had appealed against a decision by an upper immigration tribunal to refuse him permission to challenge a decision by a first-tier immigration tribunal.

They dismissed the appeal following a hearing in London.

"We heard the appeal on 12 October 2013," said one appeal judge, Lord Justice Maurice Kay, in a written ruling. "This was the ninth occasion on which the appellant's case received judicial consideration."

Lord Justice Maurice Kay said the man arrived in the UK unaccompanied in January 2009 when he was 15, and claimed asylum.

He said the man's claim centred on a piece of legislation which requires Home Office officials to protect the best interests of unaccompanied children arriving in the UK by trying to trace family members as soon as possible.

The man claimed that Home Secretary Theresa May had failed to comply with that "tracing duty".

Lord Justice Maurice Kay said the appeal was the latest in a series of cases in which complaints had been made about Home Office failures to comply with the tracing regulation.

The man was not identified in the judgment.


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