Rwanda flight: ECHR ruling detailed by reporter
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The Government’s plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda has been delayed by a series of appeals lodged by individuals scheduled to be on the first flight from the UK. A series of legal bids has grounded the flight to Rwanda as one asylum seeker has had his appeal upheld by the European Court of Human Rights. The last minute decision by the European Court has again reduced the number of migrants expected to depart on the flight that has already missed the scheduled departure of Tuesday morning. GB News reporter Jeff Moody said: “There was originally supposed to be 130 on board but that’s been whittled down to seven this morning and now to six.”
He continued: “Several appeals have been heard as we’ve been reporting throughout the day.
“Four of those appealed to the High Court; they had their case dismissed.
“One took their case to the Supreme Court, that was dismissed too.
“But, another, and this is the interesting one, an Iraqi, took his case to the Court of Human Rights.”
The man, identified by GB News as a migrant from Iraq, has been granted permission to stay in the UK by the European Court of Human Rights, despite the series of appeal failures for similar cases throughout Tuesday.
Mr Moody continued: “Now, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that he could stay in the UK until the judicial review which is scheduled for next month, so he has won his case.
“What is interesting about that is that there is nothing specific about his case that could only apply to him.”
The GB News correspondent added: “If any of the others want to take their case to the European Court of Human Rights, they’re likely to succeed too.”
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The flight to Rwanda had already been the subject of controversy as the maiden flight of the Government plan to deport migrants arriving in the UK through unsafe Channel crossings.
Mr Moody added: “Even though we know that six of them are now getting on board, the plane hasn’t taken off.
“Until the moment that the plane actually takes off, any of them could come back again.”
He suggested there was nothing notably different in the successful appeal case when compared to other migrants, meaning further claims could be directed towards the European Court in hopes of a favourable decision.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson asserted he was aware the Rwanda plan would attract “plenty of legal challenges” from migrants arriving in the UK.
An attempt to stop the flight entirely was dismissed by the Court of Appeal on Monday as eight migrants were scheduled to depart to Rwanda on Tuesday morning.
Following a series of appeals, the number has now dwindled to just six asylum seekers as the flight is still yet to take off.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has asserted that the flight would still depart from the UK even if a very small number of people were on board.
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