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Northern Ireland High Court

Casement Park judgment reserved

A judicial review hearing over the Environment Minister’s decision to approve
the £77m Casement Park redevelopment ended on 13th October.  The
complexity of the case is highlighted by the fact that the High Court heard 13
days of legal submissions.  Mr Justice Horner has reserved judgment to allow
time to study all of the arguments before delivering his verdict.

Mooreland and Owenvarragh Residents’ Association (MORA), who issued the
proceedings, oppose the redevelopment as they argue that it will dwarf

Local Developments, Northern Ireland High Court

Delayed deportation of German former prisoner renders detention unlawful

Reuter’s (Hans) Application [2012] NIQB 6

The Northern Ireland High Court has ruled that the failure of the UK Borders Agency (UKBA) to deport a German national within a reasonable timeframe rendered the man’s detention unlawful.The man had completed a prison sentence in Northern Ireland on 20th June 2011 but was not deported to Germany until 25th June 2011.  In the interim period he was detained in the prison for a further night and then at a number of different immigration removal centres in Scotland and England.  The delay resulted from “an in-country escort administrative error” (the company contracted by the UKBA to escort the man went to the wrong prison) and his flight had to be rescheduled.

Deportation, ECHR Art. 5, Northern Ireland High Court, Right to Liberty