Thursday, August 21, 2014

Court bars deportation of Ethiopian to Somalia

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 21 – The High Court has barred the Director of Immigration from deporting an Ethiopian national to Somalia.

Justice Isaac Lenaola on Thursday issued the prohibiting order after Mohammed Aden Ismail’s wife Shukri Abdihafid applied to the High Court seeking orders to block her husband’s deportation.

The court observed that the Immigration Department and the Interior Cabinet Secretary have given sufficient evidence to show why Ismail is being detained at a holding area at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Ismail is an Ethiopian national working in Somalia, but reporting to the European Union based in Kenya.

The court heard that Ismail remains detained at the immigration facility at JKIA awaiting orders from the Cabinet Secretary for Interior for deportation without being given a hearing.
The lawyer appearing Ismail told the court that his client was arrested on August 12 upon arrival at the JKIA while on en-route from Somalia and is being held by the immigration officers to date.

The matter will be mentioned on September 12 for further directions.