Man known only as P3 was stripped of his citizenship because he was considered a national security risk
The British government has won a court battle to stop an Iraqi man from returning to the UK to fight a decision to strip him of his passport over alleged links to the Iranian intelligence services.
The man, named only as P3, had lived in the UK for 20 years before his British passport was revoked while visiting Iraq in 2017. The government said he was prepared to accept orders from Iran and posed a “serious risk to the UK”, court documents said.
The 53 year old, who became a British citizen in 2003, wants to appeal against his loss of citizenship but has been told he cannot come back to fight the case in person.
His lawyers said he cannot properly brief them for the hearing scheduled for next year because of his failing mental health.
At a special immigration court hearing last year, P3 had successfully argued that he should be allowed back in the country to fight his case. He has argued on human rights grounds that he should not continue to be separated from his UK-based family.
But Home Secretary Priti Patel contacted the Court of Appeal, arguing that P3’s family were still able to visit him in Iraq and they were able to have regular WhatsApp conversations. He was also able to brief his lawyers in Turkey and Lebanon about the case, she said.
Ms Patel learnt on Monday that her appeal was successful. The case has now been batted back to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac), which will rule for a second time on whether P3 should be allowed to return to the UK.