A politician, who claimed he was persecuted in his native Moldova because he was a member of an opposition political party, has won a High Court challenge against a decision of the Refugee Appeals Tribunal denying him asylum.
In a judgment Mr Justice Richard Humphreys quashed the decision and transferred the case to the tribunal for a new hearing.
Mr Justice Humphreys said the applicant, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was a member of an opposition political party that was a rival to the ruling communist party.
The judge said the applicant, who had been elected to public office, had been accused of corruption following a series of measures taken against opposition politicians at the time.
The man had been prosecuted for recording false data in official documents. He denied having been engaged in any criminal activity but was suspended from office after a court hearing at which he and his lawyer were not present. An appeal against that decision had later been refused.
The man applied for asylum after arriving in Ireland, some ten years ago. He was subsequently convicted in his absence by a Moldovan court of an offence in relation to land transfer.
The Moldovan Supreme Court upheld that conviction in but reduced his sentence from the eight years initially imposed to six years imprisonment.