Tony Omos Appeals To Iceland's Supreme Court - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Tony Omos Appeals To Iceland’s Supreme Court

Published March 3, 2015

Nanna Árnadóttir
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Natsha Nandabhiwat

Asylum seeker, Tony Omos, will appeal his case against the Directorate of Immigration (UTL) with Iceland’s Supreme Court, reports Vísir. Supreme Court lawyer, Kristján Stefánsson, will argue the case on Omos’ behalf.

As reported, in December of last year the Reykjavík District Court acquitted the Directorate of Immigration from charges pressed on behalf of Tony Omos.

The Reykjavík District Court’s ruling meant that UTL’s original decision not to process Tony Omos’ application for asylum remained valid, and Tony Omos would not be granted a residence permit in Iceland.

Tony Omos was deported from Iceland in late 2013 and separated from the mother of his child, Evelyn Glory Joseph, a fellow asylum seeker. Leading up to his deportation a memo was leaked from within the Ministry of the Interior containing false information that Omos was involved in criminal activities and that the child Evelyn Glory was carrying was not his.

An assistant of the former Minister of the Interior has since confessed to leaking the memo.

As Iceland is a signatory of several international agreements on the treatment of asylum seekers, legal experts at the time of the deportation argued that the move was a breach of Article 19 of Dublin Regulation II as well as Article 9 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

 


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