Sheikh Raed Salah invokes Human Rights laws to stay in UK

Daily Mail calls head of Islamic Movement's release on bail 'farce', complains of cost to taxpayers

Published: 07.27.11

"Strolling in the sunshine, seemingly without a care in the world, this is the Islamic extremist who has made a mockery of Britain’s border controls," Britain's Daily Mail newspaper said of Sheikh Raed Salah Wednesday. The paper was describing the life of the head of the Islamic Movement's northern district in Britain after being released on bail.

The newspaper reported that Salah is trying to use the British Human Rights Act to prevent orders banning him from entering the country. Salah was released from prison after two and half weeks, during which he was held over suspicions that he entered Britain in spite of a ban issued earlier by Home Secretary Theresa May. The home secretary announced in June that the UK Border Agency officials had launched deportation proceedings against Salah and that London was investigating how Salah managed to enter the country.

The Daily Mail called Salah's release on bail a "farce". According to the report, Salah has a return airline ticket with Tel Aviv as its destination but will be allowed to remain in Britain until his legal challenge is resolved. "He has already cost the taxpayer thousands of pounds in court and prison costs and the bill is set to rise further during a lengthy court battle," the paper claimed. Meanwhile, Salah claims that his deportation is in breach of Article 10 of the Human Rights Act, the right to free speech. In effect he is arguing it would be wrong to revoke his visa and to remove him from the country because it prevents him from preaching. The Home Office is seeking to have him deported over grounds that his presence is "not conducive to the public good". Ten days ago the High Court approved bail on a surety of £30,000 on condition that he report to police every day, refrain from preaching, live at a specific address and obey a curfew. The case will go to the Court of Appeal today where the Home Office will argue for bail to be revoked. "We were very disappointed with the court’s decision to grant bail and have appealed. We are still seeking to deport Salah," a Home Office spokesman told the Daily Mail.

On June 25 Salah arrived at Heathrow from Tel Aviv. He is now staying at a five-bedroom detached house in a leafy suburb in North London while his case is processed.,7340,L-4100819,00.html