*R (on the application of Ali) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and another

Immigration – Detention. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division dismissed an appeal from a decision granting the claimant asylum seeker a declaration that he had been unlawfully detained for an identified period on the basis that the detaining officers had reasonably believed him to be an adult, when in fact he was later assessed as being a child. The wording of the relevant provisions of Sch 2 to the Immigration Act 1971 (as amended in 2014), were clear and unambiguous and those words had to be given their ordinary meaning. Accordingly, the claimant was entitled to damages for unlawful detention and a declaration to that effect.

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