Man accused of recruiting for IS lodges notice of appeal over deportation

A 52-year-old father of four, who is alleged by the Government to be the “main recruiter” in Ireland for the so-called Islamic State, has filed notice of appeal against a High Court decision that now allows his imminent deportation to the Middle East.

The man, who denies he is a recruiter for IS, cannot be named for legal reasons.

His lawyers today confirmed they had lodged papers with the Court of Appeal which it has asked to sit as soon as possible.

It was not known early today when the court, consisting of three judges, will convene.

He has been living in Ireland for the last 15 years and secured residency here on the basis of the birth of his 15-year-old son.

In March last, due to the Government’s belief he was recruiting for Islamic extremists in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, he was told the Irish authorities intended to deport him.

On 21 December, the man obtained a High Court injunction restraining his deportation but that ruling, on an application by the Department for Justice yesterday, was overturned by Ms Justice Carmel Stewart.

Judge Stewart said the question for the court was where the greater injustice lay – maintaining or lifting the injunction.

The issue of a threat to national security was something she was entitled to take into account.

The man had been described in court yesterday as “the foremost organiser and facilitator of travel by extremists prepared to undertake violent action” on behalf of ISIL.

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