The High Court has dismissed a challenge brought by a man with alleged links to Islamic terrorism against the State’s bid to deport him.
The man, aged in his 50s, has been living in Ireland for several years. He had claimed he is at serious risk of ill treatment and torture if deported to his native country.
The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, claims he is at risk due to his political views.
The Minister for Justice issued the deportation order after An Garda Siochana informed the Department of Justice that the man’s activities and associates are “of serious concern” and “contrary to the State’s security”.
In his proceedings the man argued the minister’s decision was unlawful and had sought orders seeking to quash the deportation order.
The man rejects claims he is involved in terrorism. However, during the proceedings the High Court heard he had been convicted of terrorism offences in France and in his native country.
In his judgment clearing the way for the man’s deportation, Justice Richard Humphreys dismissed all grounds of the man’s application.
The judge said the minister’s decision, that there were no substantial grounds to find that the man would be at real risk of ill treatment if deported to his home country, was lawful.
The man was convicted in his native country during the 1990s and given three life sentences and two death sentences, which are no longer carried out.
Those offences include forming an armed terrorist group intending to spread murder, sabotage, possession of prohibited war weapons assassination, theft intending to harm the security of his home country.
The judge said the man was also convicted and jailed for eight years in France.
He was arrested there in 2002 and found guilty of charges including membership of a criminal organisation preparing an act of terrorism in Ireland, France, UK, Spain and Andorra between 1997 and 2002.
He was also convicted of using false documents, receiving stolen goods and illegally entering France. Following the expiry of his sentence he was deported back to Ireland where he was granted asylum in 2000.