UK court: Barred Islamic leader should get damages

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Posted: Sep 30, 2011 12:25 PM
UK court: Barred Islamic leader should get damages

A judge says an Islamic activist who entered Britain despite being banned is entitled to damages for wrongful detention.

Islamic Movement in Israel leader Sheikh Raed Salah flew to Britain in June, despite an order from Home Secretary Theresa May banning him because of his political activities. He was detained shortly afterward and held for three weeks before being bailed.

Salah's lawyers say he traveled to Britain legally and was unaware of the ban. He is fighting deportation.

The High Court ruled Friday that Salah was not given "proper and sufficient reasons" for his arrest until the third day of his detention, and should receive damages for that period.

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