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Palestinian leader wins damages for illegal detention in UK

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, Sep 30, IRNA -- Palestinian leader Sheikh Raed Salah was wrongfully detained during the early part of his detention is the UK, the High Court in London ruled Friday.

The judge, Mr Justice Nicol, said that Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was not given 'proper and sufficient reasons' for his arrest on June 28.

“Nor was he given them until sometime on the 30th' and was “entitled to damages for wrongful detention” during the three-day period, the judge ruled.

'Salah arrived in the UK on June 25 and held meetings and several engagements, including with MPs in parliament, until his arrest, when he was handcuffed at his hotel and taken to Paddington Green police station in west London.

Home Secretary Teresa May subsequently confirmed that he should have been subjected to an exclusion order and launched an inquiry on why he was allowed to enter the UK.

The Middle East Monitor (MEMO) which invited Raed Salah to London welcomed the ruling and said “today's ruling compounds the misguided approach taken towards Sheikh Salah by the British government”.

“The finding that Sheikh Salah was illegally detained illustrates the careless manner in which the British government dealt with an important and respected leader of the Palestinian movement”, MEMO said in a statement.

MEMO's director, Daud Abdullah, said, 'this important judgment sends a clear message to the political authorities; that the British legal system must not be used as an instrument to suppress fundamental rights and free speech.'

'This vindication of Sheikh Raed means he can in future hold his head high with pride; knowing that two High Court Judges in Britain were willing to correct serious wrongs done against him,' Abdullah added.

The Palestinian leader, who is currently on bail after being in jail for a total of 21 days, is challenging the exclusion order, which he was unaware of, but says it follows a campaign by Jewish groups to smear him.

He is also contesting separate proceedings, which have yet to be heard, before the immigration tribunal to deport him.

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