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Monday, Jul 22, 2024

Dozens of Rwanda Detainees Released by Courts

Dozens of detainees set for Rwanda flights have been released on bail as no flights are imminent. Prime Minister Sunak faces significant legal challenges against his policy, while other political parties demand its termination. Courts operate under the assumption that flights are possible unless instructed otherwise.
Immigration detention is lawful only if a flight is realistically imminent.

Lawyers for asylum seekers detained for potential Rwanda flights report that 79 clients have been released on bail.

Many detainees were held since late April after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced flights would start in early July.

Government lawyers have now informed the High Court that no flights will occur before July 24 at the earliest.

The Home Office has kept detainee numbers undisclosed and refrained from comments on the Rwanda operation.

Sunak promises regular flights if re-elected, while Labour pledges to end the policy if victorious in the July 4 general election.

Liberal Democrats and SNP also oppose the scheme, citing international law violations.

Duncan Lewis Solicitors confirmed bail for 50 clients, highlighting many are torture and trafficking survivors.

Wilsons has had all 15 clients released, and Bail for Immigration Detainees reports 14 clients freed.

Immigration rules dictate detention only if imminent deportation is probable.

Courts are handling significant legal challenges against the Rwanda plan, with the UN refugee agency providing expert evidence on alleged abuses in Rwanda.

Courts assume flights could happen unless advised otherwise.
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