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Supreme Court Sides with Iraqi Asylum Seeker

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Supreme Court Sides with Iraqi Asylum Seeker

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The Supreme Court of Iceland. Photo: Páll Kjartansson.

The Supreme Court of Iceland this week overturned a decision by the Ministry of the Interior denying responsibility for processing the case of an Iraqi asylum seeker under the European Dublin Accord. The Supreme Court’s decision is a confirmation of the Reykjavík District Court’s previous ruling on the case.

The man’s lawyer contested that the Ministry of the Interior’s ruling, in support of a decision by the Directorate of Immigration, should be overturned. The decision in question was that the man’s asylum application would not be processed in Iceland at all and that he would be extradited back to Norway, DV reported.

The man applied for asylum in Norway on 10th June 2008. His request was turned down on 6th July 2009 and the decision finally confirmed on 22nd December the same year.

The man arrived in Iceland on 10th April 2012 and applied for asylum as a refugee the same day.

The main point in question at the Supreme Court was whether the crucial six month limit to send the man back to Norway had been exceeded, therefore bringing the case outside the rules of the Dublin Accord.

The court’s final decision was that Icelandic authorities are indeed responsible for processing the man’s asylum application.

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