By Colombo Telegraph –
Scores of Sri Lankans, due to have been deported from the UK on a government charter flight on Thursday , have had their removal orders overturned by high court judges, a short while ago.
High Court has held that no Tamil Asylum seeker can be removed by Charter flight tomorrow. Home Office is appealing the matter to Court of Appeal.
In a landmark ruling, the High Court have issued an order staying the removal of ALL Tamil failed asylum seekers, who are to be removed on a UKBA charter flight to Sri Lanka at 1600hrs tomorrow, pending the Upper Tribunal’s Country Guidance case concerning the risk on return to Sri Lanka.
Mr Justice Wilkie sitting with Judge Gleeson stated ” in my judgment the situation which is presented to the Court today, is virtually unique. It arises from the very particular circumstances of the timing of the decision to remove these Claimants by charter flight at the very time that the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) [UTIAC] is actively seized with considering new country guidance at a time when it is clear from the agenda that the UTIAC is considering the matter virtually afresh and where it is accepted by the SSHD through the preliminary closing submissions that the existing country guidance case will have to change.That position is one which this court cannot simply blind itself to…”