A Zimbabwean man who fled the country after his father was killed in politically-motivated violence has a won a High Court case to remain in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
The man, who is 35, but cannot be identified said that he was afraid of being persecuted if he returned home due to his family’s links with opposition political party, MDC.
The man, only identified as JM4, arrived in Belfast with his family in December 2013 after travelling from South Africa to Dublin on a false passport.
His asylum application on the basis of connections with the MDC was denied in 2014.
The UK authorities (Home Office/ Secretary of State) again dismissed the application in 2018 after JM4 submitted more documents for it to be considered.
The documents (an MDC letter, an MDC membership card, a police report and a copy death certificate) were dismissed as inauthentic.
After JM4 launched a judicial review challenge claiming that his human rights were being violated, Mr Justice McCloskey ruled in his favour. He said:
The evidence previously considered and the best interests assessment previously made were both of considerable vintage, over four years old, at the time of the impugned decision.
The most suitable remedy is an order quashing the impugned decision of the Secretary of State.