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  • Updated: May 10, 2023

Kanu Granted Permission To Appeal Judgement On Extraordinary Rendition

Kanu Granted Permission To Appeal Judgement On Extraordinary

Nnamdi Kanu

A UK court has granted the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra.(IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu the permission to appeal a High Court judgment on his alleged extraordinary rendition.

The High Court had ruled that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) could lawfully evade reaching any conclusion on whether he had been tortured, subjected to extraordinary rendition and arbitrarily detained.

But a UK Senior Court of Appeal Judge, Lord Justice Lewis, granted the permission for appeal today stating that the appeal would be given expedited hearing.

Kanu’s family had sued FCDO for negligence of duty over Kanu’s ordeals who though a British citizen, “was abducted in Kenya and extradited to Nigeria, and has remained in detention illegally since 2021”.

According to Vanguard, the case, according to Kanu’s legal team, has major implications for all British Citizens mistreated abroad who may look to the UK for help.

Since his detention, Kanu’s family has been asking the British Government to take steps to secure his release on the grounds that there was no lawful basis for extraditing him.

However, the Foreign Secretary has, till date, failed to reach any firm view on whether or not the IPOB Leader was subject to extraordinary rendition.

The Foreign Secretary claims only a ‘provisional’ view is possible, despite the mass of evidence and the views of the UN and the Nigerian Court of Appeal.

The family’s legal team brought the challenge on the basis that reaching a firm, concluded view is necessary to lawfully determine what steps should be taken to assist Kanu.

But a British High Court had in  an unconventional ruling on 23 March 2023,  dismissed the Kanu family’s claim for judicial review of the failure of the British Government to reach a firm view on Kanu’s rendition.

The court presided over by Justice Swift, however, observed that Kanu was subject to rendition but disappointingly held that he had no legitimate expectation that the British Government should reach a firm view for itself on what had occurred.

Meanwhile, Kanu’s legal team described the High Court ruling as “extremely difficult to reconcile with long-standing legal precedent and the principle underpinning it that British citizens can expect protection from their national government”.

Dissatisfied with the High Court ruling, Kanu’s family applied to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal the High Court ruling on the following grounds:

“The Court erred in finding that Kanu’s family did not have a legitimate expectation that the FCDO would form a firm view as to whether Mr Kanu has been the victim of extraordinary rendition in violation of international law

The Court erred in finding FCDO decision not to reach a firm view was not irrational.

“The Court erred in finding that the FCDO is not obliged to comply with procedural fairness standards when considering risks of British citizens at serious risks abroad.”

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