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 UK Court docket to listen to the extraordinary rendition case of Nnamdi Kanu

Household of Nnamdi Kanu granted judicial evaluation over failure of Britain to intervene after arrest final yr

The household of a British citizen who was allegedly taken to Nigeria in an act of extraordinary rendition has been granted a court docket listening to to problem the UK authorities for not intervening in his case.

Nnamdi Kanu, the chief of the Indigenous Folks of Biafra (Ipob), a distinguished separatist motion proscribed in Nigeria, was arrested in Kenya in June final yr earlier than being transported in opposition to his will to Nigeria, the place he has been held ever since.

In July, the UN working group on arbitrary detention printed an opinion that the daddy of two had been topic to extraordinary rendition and mentioned he must be launched instantly. Nonetheless, successive UK overseas secretaries, first Dominic Raab after which Liz Truss, earlier than she turned prime minister, have refused to take a view as as to whether Kanu was a sufferer of extraordinary rendition.

The household has been granted a judicial evaluation to problem that refusal, arguing that its impact has been that no motion has been taken to assist him.

His brother, Kingsley Kanu, mentioned: “The British authorities is well-known for its stance on human rights. I consider it have to be decisive with regards to its decision-making about very severe violations of the human rights of British residents overseas, particularly when the information are clear, as they’re in my brother’s case, and when the UN has investigated and reached a agency conclusion that my brother was topic to extraordinary rendition. I’m very blissful that the court docket has agreed {that a} listening to is important to resolve this essential situation.”

Kanu’s household declare he was tortured in Kenya and has been held in solitary confinement in Abuja since being transported there. The UN working group referred the case to the particular rapporteur on torture. It expressed concern that he had been denied remedy and drugs for his coronary heart situation and highlighted that solitary confinement in extra of 15 consecutive days is prohibited beneath the Nelson Mandela guidelines, worldwide non-binding requirements.

In a court docket submitting regarding a parallel case introduced by Nnamdi Kanu in Abuja, the Nigerian authorities denied torturing or mistreating him. It claimed that he entered Kenya unlawfully, having beforehand jumped bail in Nigeria, and so had no proper to an extradition listening to.

In 2015, Kanu was arrested in Nigeria and charged with terrorism offences and incitement, after organising a digital radio station, Radio Biafra, at his residence in London. Two years later he fled the nation whereas on bail after an assault on his household residence, which he claimed killed 28 members of Ipob. In January, he pleaded not responsible to terrorism fees.

Shirin Marker, from Bindmans LLP, who’s representing Kingsley Kanu, mentioned it was important for the brand new overseas secretary, James Cleverly, to achieve a agency conclusion on whether or not her consumer’s brother had been the sufferer of extraordinary rendition as a way to resolve what steps to take to help him.

“The proof accessible thus far establishes that he has been topic to extraordinary rendition and torture or inhumane remedy,” she mentioned. “It’s unacceptable for the UK authorities to proceed to prevaricate on this situation. We’re glad that the court docket has now granted permission for this case to maneuver to a last listening to.”

Explaining her determination to grant a judicial evaluation listening to, Mrs Justice Ellenbogen mentioned: “Such selections/inaction are, in precept, reviewable and don’t enter forbidden areas, together with selections affecting overseas coverage.”

The International Workplace declined to remark whereas proceedings had been lively.

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