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Immigration may file appeal against Supreme Court

THE Immigration Services and the Interior Ministry are considering filing an appeal against a ruling by the Supreme Court that ordered the immediate release of a Bosnian asylum seeker detained at Menoyia.

The ruling, handed down on Friday, February 7, also reprimanded the two government departments, saying they ignored a court ruling on December 19 that also asked for an immediate release.

In a statement yesterday, Immigration Services said they will be coordinating with the Legal Services to decide whether to file an appeal against the ruling.

Immigration said there was never any intent to defy a court ruling but pointed out the subject is of a delicate legal nature which might affect Immigration Services’ ability to effectively handle similar cases.

The Bosnian national came to Cyprus in 2005 with his family. He asked for political asylum but his petition was officially rejected by all courts in March 2013 and he was asked to leave the island. In April 2013 he was arrested and transported to Menoyia, for being uncooperative. According to the immigration department memos and police reports, the man refused to sign documents saying he had received his deportation order.

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