Islamic Movement’s Salah to remain in UK prison

British court denies Raed Salah's appeal against deportation order; Salah rejects decision, says he will leave UK without being deported.

July 9, 2011 10:38
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Sheikh Raed Salah

Sheikh Raed Salah 311. (photo credit: Ben Hartman)

Raed Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, will remain in prison after a London court on Friday denied his appeal against a deportation order issued by British authorities.

Salah rejected the court's decision and said he would appeal the ruling. "I entered Britain legally, and I'll leave without being deported," he said.

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Last week, Salah was transferred from an immigration detention center to a prison.

On the same day, Salah’s lawyers lodged a formal appeal against the deportation order.

“No good reason for this transfer has been given,” his lawyer, Tayeb Ali, said. “The transfer to prison will significantly interfere with the preparation of Mr. Salah’s appeal against the deportation order.”

“Mr. Salah remains resolute and determined to challenge the deportation order,” Ali said last week. “Despite the difficulties his transfer to prison poses for us, a formal notice of appeal against the deportation order was lodged on Friday. We are confident that the order will be overturned.”

Ali said his client had been wrongly accused and that he is “a man of peace.” He also accused the government of turning its back on the Palestinians.

“The home secretary has grossly misjudged my client,” Ali said. “In stark contrast to the false picture that has been painted, he is a man of peace, a widely respected leader who campaigns tirelessly for his people.

“By attempting to silence him in the UK, the government is turning its back on the Palestinian people. The merits of the home secretary’s order are now a matter for the courts.”

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