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Channel 4 News: A thousand or more asylum seekers may have been wrongly convicted for using false passports

Summary:

Court of Appeal quashes criminal convictions of five asylum seekers in case brought by Criminal Cases Review Commission

Date of Publication:
30 July 2013

Channel 4 News: A thousand or more asylum seekers may have been wrongly convicted for using false passports

30 July 2013
EIN

Channel 4 News' Simon Israel has reported that a thousand or more asylum seekers may have been wrongly convicted for using false passports to travel to the UK.

According to Channel 4 News, the Court of Appeal today quashed the criminal convictions of five asylum seekers in a case brought by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

The Commission says the original convictions are tantamount to a substantial failure and abuse of the law, as the asylum seekers were allowed a defence which was denied to them.

Israel tweeted that the Commission said the decisions to prosecute were flawed, defence advice to plead guilty was wrong and judges should have done more to stop it happening.

According to Channel 4 News, the Commission believes that it is possible a thousand or more asylum seekers may have been wrongly convicted.

Update: The case, Mateta & Ors, R v [2013] EWCA Crim 1372, is now available and EIN Members can view it here.