THE PANEL WHO SAID HE COULDN’T BE BOOTED OUT
Mr Justice Mitting
He has been a High Court judge since 2001 and head of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission – the court which freed Qatada – since 2007.
Cambridge-educated, he became a QC in 1987. In May 2010 the 64-year-old judge ruled that two Pakistani students who posed a significant threat to national security could not be sent home.
He said he was satisfied that Abid Naseer was an Al Qaeda operative and that his friend Ahmed Faraz Khan planned an attack on Britain. However he ruled that they faced illegal detention, torture and ill-treatment if returned. In 2010 he ruled hook-handed fanatic Abu Hamza could keep his UK passport, because taking it away would breach his human rights.
Judge Peter Lane
He was criticised in 2010 for overturning a decision to deport a foreign student caught working illegally.
The Ghanaian student, 29, at the University of Sunderland was found working as a security guard for longer than the permitted 20 hours a week, and as a result the Home Office refused to allow him to stay in Britain.
Judge Lane ruled deporting him would breach his human rights, stating: ‘The public interest in maintaining an effective immigration control, whilst important, is not a fixity.’
Dame Denise Holt
She was Ambassador to Mexico between 2002 and 2005 and to Spain from 2007 to 2009. The 63-year-old sits on the panel as the non-legal member with experience of national security matters.
She is also a board member of Ofqual, the exams regulator and a member of the NHS Pay Review Body which decides how much doctors and nurses should be paid.
She is an independent director of HSBC Bank and works for the Alzheimer’s Society.