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United Kingdom: Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC)

The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) is a superior court of record created by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission Act 1997. It deals with appeals in cases where the Secretary of State for the Home Department exercises statutory powers to deport, or exclude, someone from the UK on national security grounds, or for other public interest reasons. SIAC also hears appeals against decisions to deprive persons of citizenship status, under the British Nationality Act 1981 (as amended). The presumption is that SIAC hearings are heard in open court and the public and press can attend. The judge can decide to hear evidence in closed sessions. Most of the cases before SIAC are under anonymity orders so the individuals cannot be named. Appellants can apply to SIAC to waive their right to anonymity. Onward appeal from SIAC is to the Court of Appeal on points of law. Website: www.siac.tribunals.gov.uk/
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Omar Othman (aka Abu Qatada) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department

Appeal against the notice of intention to deport. The decision was subsequently quashed by the Court of Appeal (England and Wales): Othman (Jordan) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department [2008] EWCA Civ 290.

26 February 2007 | Judicial Body: United Kingdom: Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Convention refugee - Criminal justice - Deportation / Forcible return - Diplomatic assurances - Exclusion clauses - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - National security / Public order - Non-refoulement - Right to family life - Right to justice - Right to life - Terrorism | Countries: Jordan - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Y v. Secretary of State for the Home Department

Appeal against a decision by the Secretary of State for the Home Deparment to make a deportation order.

24 August 2006 | Judicial Body: United Kingdom: Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Cessation clauses - Convention refugee - Country of origin information (COI) - Deportation / Forcible return - Evidence (including age and language assessments / medico-legal reports) - Exclusion clauses - False documents - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Mental health - National security / Public order - Non-refoulement - Right to family life - Right to life - Terrorism | Countries: Algeria - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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