Terror suspect in nationality win
A terror suspect has come a step closer to returning to the UK after winning a Court of Appeal battle against the Government's decision to strip him of his British nationality.
Hilal Al-Jedda was detained without trial or access to the courts for three years by British forces in Iraq and later went to live with his family in Turkey.
The father-of-six was first detained in Baghdad in October 2004 on suspicion of being involved in weapons smuggling and attacks with explosives.
Al-Jedda, 54, could not return to the UK after being deprived of his citizenship.
However, three appeal judges "reluctantly" but unanimously decided the decision to strip him of British nationality was fatally flawed - because it makes him stateless - and must be quashed.
The court said the quashing order would be put on hold to give Home Secretary Theresa May time to consider challenging the ruling in the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land.
Al-Jedda fled from Iraq to the UK in 1992 as a refugee from Saddam Hussein's regime. He won asylum and in 2000 was granted British nationality, but returned to Iraq in 2004 where he came under suspicion of involvement in terrorism.
He was stripped of British nationality "for the public good" in December 2007 by the then home secretary Jacqui Smith, and her order was later upheld by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC). The appeal court was told Al-Jedda wants to return to the UK but is prevented by his loss of citizenship.
Appeal judges Lord Justice Richards, Lord Justice Stanley Burnton and Lord Justice Gross reluctantly raised his hopes of achieving his aim when they said they had "no choice" but to allow his appeal.
Lord Justice Richards said: "In one way that result is deeply unsatisfactory, in that the Secretary of State is satisfied, for reasons upheld by SIAC, that to deprive the appellant of his British nationality is conducive to the public good."