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Palestinian activist wins appeal

A leading Palestinian activist has won his appeal against the Government's attempts to deport him.

Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was held in June on the orders of the Home Secretary after he flew into Britain despite being banned from the country. He launched a legal battle against moves to expel him and a tribunal has now found in his favour.

Mr Salah, 53, received a letter from the Upper Immigration Tribunal on Saturday which stated the decision to detain him appeared to have been "entirely unnecessary" and that his appeal had succeeded "on all grounds", the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) said.

Sarah Colborne, PSC director, branded the ruling a "very important day for British justice".

"By arresting, imprisoning and attempting to deport Sheikh Raed Salah on what the judge has determined as a 'misapprehension of the facts,' the British Government have acted in a shameful way," she said.

"I trust that there will be a serious attempt by the British Government to rely in the future on accurate evidence rather than inaccurate anti-Palestinian propaganda against someone who has a history of opposing Israel's crimes and violations of international law."

The Home Office said it was "disappointed" with the tribunal's decision.

"We are considering the detailed judgment and, if we can appeal, we will," a spokesman said.

Mr Salah, a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship and a father of eight, arrived at Heathrow Airport on June 25. Three days later he was detained and Home Secretary Theresa May served a deportation notice saying his presence in the UK was "not conducive to the public good".

An investigation later found Border officials missed six chances to stop him entering Britain.


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