11 September 2017
An Upper Tribunal Judge has granted permission to a deaf six year old boy to challenge his removal from the UK to Germany under the Dublin Regulations.
Lawand, who is from Iraq and profoundly deaf, was granted a last minute reprieve against removal in January 2017 when he challenged the Home Office decision. His claim is now making its way through the courts, and in being granted permission on 18 August 2017, has been determined to be “arguable.”
Lawand’s case will now proceed to a full hearing in the coming months where a Judge will consider legal arguments on behalf of Lawand and the Home Office before deciding the future of the family in the UK.
Lawand continues to be supported by staff and students at The Royal School for the Deaf in Derby. Head-Teacher Helen Shepherd has said:
“We are delighted that the decision to remove Lawand was postponed and that the Judge considering the case thinks it has merits. Lawand has made exceptional progress with us and both staff and parents were devastated that he might have to leave us. When Lawand arrived at the school in September he had no means of communicating with anyone, even his own family. Today he is signing incredibly well and we are very proud of him.
“He has made good friends who he is able to communicate with, he has grown both physically and in confidence and has completely exceeded all our expectations. Lawand has been through a great deal for someone so young. There is no doubt in my mind that it would be detrimental to his health and well-being to remove him from this setting now.”
The family, who are represented by Aisha Abdul Latif Fountain Solicitors and Grainne Mellon of Garden Court Chambers, now wish to concentrate on the full hearing in their case and on continuing to support their son.
For further information please contact Aisha Abdul-Latif of Fountain Solicitors on
Tel 01922 645 429 or the Marketing Team at Garden Court Chambers on 02079937600