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Land har rett til å inndra statsborgerskapet fra jihadister. Det har Den europeiske menneskerettsdomstolen slått fast i en enstemmig dom.

Saken gjelder en mann som er født i Sudan og som kom til Storbritannia som barn og ble britisk statsborger i år 2000.

Judges at the European court of human rights (ECHR) unanimously threw out a claim by a Sudan-born terror suspect who took UK citizenship in 2000 that depriving him of his British passport violated his right to a private and family life.

I 2009 ble mannen pågrepet, siktet for a public order offence, men ble sluppet mot kausjon. Mens han var på frifot flyktet han fra landet og dro til Afrika.

Der skal han først ha tatt seg til Somalia og sluttet seg til den islamistiske terrrorgruppen Al-Shabaab før han reiste videre til Sudan.

Sommeren 2010 fattet daværende innenriksminister Theresa May beslutning om at mannens statsborgerskap skulle inndras. Han var ikke velkommen tilbake til Storbritannia.

The Strasbourg judges said May, the home secretary at the time, had “acted swiftly and diligently, and in accordance with the law”.

Den sudanesiske mannen stevnet den britiske staten for å få tilbake statsborgerskapet, men tapte i samtlige britiske rettsinstanser.

Til slutt anket han saken inn for Den europeiske menneskerettsdomstolen (EMK). Han anførte blant annet at han var oppvokst i UK, at han har familie der, og at hans sak ikke fikk en rettferdig behandling fordi han ble nektet innreise og dermed ikke kunne være tilstede under rettsforhandlingene.

The claimant, who was a British citizen for 10 years and grew up in the country, was stripped of his passport while he was in Sudan. The judges said it was disputed whether he had travelled directly to Sudan from the UK or whether he went via Somalia with two “extremist associates, where he engaged in terrorism-related activities linked to al-Shabaab”.

The Strasbourg human rights ruling is likely to encourage Home Office ministers to make greater use of their power to exclude terror suspects even if they are British citizens.

Figures collected by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism published last June showed that at least 33 people had been stripped of their British nationality on terrorism-related grounds since May was home secretary in 2010. All of those had been dual nationals, meaning no one had yet been left “stateless” through the use of the power.

 

The Guardian: UK can strip terror suspects of citizenship, European judges rule

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