Banned Palestinian activist remains free on bail

AP News
Posted: Jul 27, 2011 3:19 PM
Banned Palestinian activist remains free on bail

A radical Islamic leader who entered Britain despite being banned will be allowed to remain free on bail while he fights deportation.

Islamic Movement in Israel leader Sheikh Raed Salah flew to London and entered the country without incident in late June despite being banned because of his political activities. He was taken into custody shortly afterward, but was granted bail in mid-July.

The Court of Appeal ruling Wednesday means the Home Office can't appeal the decision to give him bail.

A Home Office statement says officials are deeply disappointed by the ruling and will continue to closely monitor Salah's activities.

Salah is an Israeli citizen who has spearheaded the fight against Israeli renovation work in Jerusalem's Old City.