Alleged ISIS recruiter loses bid to block deportation from Ireland

Alleged ISIS recruiter loses bid to block deportation from Ireland

The man authorities believe to be the “foremost organiser and facilitator” of ISIS fighters in Ireland has lost his High Court bid to force the Justice Minister allow him apply for asylum.

In a ruling delivered this morning, Mr Justice Richard Humphreys dismissed two applications the man had sought for orders compelling Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to consider an allocation for asylum and a declaration he is allowed to apply for refugee status without the minister's consent.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is expected to appeal.

He is currently facing a deportation order which is the subject of separate proceedings in the Court of Appeal.

Mr Justice Humphreys adjourned the proceedings to allow lawyers for the man and for the minister to prepare any consequential applications.

A case at the European Court of Human Rights has also not been ruled out.

The Jordanian national had alleged in the proceedings that he had been tortured due to his political beliefs by security services in his home country between 1993 and 1995.

In March the court heard his son had been detained twice in the past year by a foreign intelligence service.

An associate of the man was killed in the Syrian conflict, but it is unclear which faction he was fighting for.

A previous court hearing was told gardai suspected that he was a “recruiter” of Islamic terrorists who “makes travel arrangements” for others to fight abroad in countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

He was described as “a senior operative of Isil” and its “foremost organiser and facilitator within the State”.

The man denies the allegations.