Terror suspect stripped of UK citizenship after losing legal fight

Terror suspect loses human rights fight against losing UK citizenship

The man lost the fight at the European Court of Human Rights (Stock image)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A terror suspect has lost a human rights fight against a decision to strip him of his UK citizenship and bar him from returning to Britain.

The Sudanese national was suspected of taking part in terrorism-related activities linked to the extremist group al-Shabaab.

The British government deprived him of his UK citizenship in 2010 and barred him from re-entering the country, but the man brought a case against the decision at the European Court of Human Rights.

He claimed they had been discriminatory and violated his rights. However, judges at the Strasbourg court unanimously declared the application inadmissible.

The man, who has been referred to as K2, was born in Sudan in 1982 but arrived in Britain as a child, he then became a naturalised UK citizen in 2000.

K2 left the country nine years later, after he was arrested and charged with a public order offence when taking part in protests against Israeli military action in Gaza.

The man claims he went directly to Sudan, where he currently lives, but UK authorities believe he first travelled with two extremist associates to Somalia, engaging in terrorism-related activities linked to al-Shabaab.

After this a decision was made by then-Home Secretary Theresa May to deprive him of UK citizenship and exclude him from the UK.

K2 first fought the moves in the UK courts, but his argument was also rejected by British judges.