UK court says flight to take migrants to Rwanda can go ahead

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A general view of the Royal Courts of Justice, more commonly known as the High Court, November 2, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

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LONDON, June 10 (Reuters) – The first flight to take migrants arriving illegally in Britain to Rwanda can go ahead next week, the High Court in London ruled on Friday after a judge dismissed campaigners’ attempts to win an injunction to stop it.

Charities and a trade union had launched a challenge against the government’s plan to send asylum seekers to the East African nation, saying it was unsafe, but the court said next Tuesday’s first planned flight could take place.

Judge Jonathan Swift said: “There is a material public interest in the Home Secretary (Priti Patel) being able to implement immigration decisions.”

However, the court granted human rights groups permission to appeal the decision.

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Reporting by Andrew MacAskill; editing by James Davey

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