Murungaru v Secretary of State for the Home Department and others: Admn 4 Oct 2006

The claimant challenged the decision of the respondent that his continued presence in the UK would not be conducive to the public good. He had been given multiple entry visas which had been revoked.
Held: The refusal of entry interfered with the peaceful enjoyment of the claimant’s possessions (the right to obtain medical treatment), under the Convention, requiring justification in the public interest. However the Court could not determine this issue or the procedural challenges without examining the closed material. The court considered the appointment of a special counsel. ‘Once proportionality is engaged, and once that issue depends to any significant extent upon material which the claimant cannot see, then in my judgment fairness requires where his Convention rights are engaged that his interests are represented by an advocate who can make submissions to the court. Accordingly, in my view, the application for the appointment of special counsel is well-founded.’


Keith J


[2006] EWHC 2416 (Admin)




European Convention on Human Rights


CitedIn Re K (Infants) CA 2-Jan-1963
The court discussed the need for those appearing before tribunals to be given sufficient access to all the material placed before the judge. Upjohn LJ said: ‘It seems to be fundamental to any judicial inquiry that a person or other properly . .
CitedRoberts v Parole Board HL 7-Jul-2005
Balancing Rights of Prisoner and Society
The appellant had been convicted of the murder of three police officers in 1966. His tariff of thirty years had now long expired. He complained that material put before the Parole Board reviewing has case had not been disclosed to him.
Held: . .
CitedRegina v H; Regina v C HL 5-Feb-2004
Use of Special Counsel as Last Resort Only
The accused faced charges of conspiring to supply Class A drugs. The prosecution had sought public interest immunity certificates. Special counsel had been appointed by the court to represent the defendants’ interests at the applications.

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See AlsoMurungaru, Regina (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department Admn 30-Nov-2006
The applicant, a former minister in the Government of Kenya challenged the revocation of entry visas. This had been done on the basis of evidence withheld from him, and the court considered the way in which that evidence could be used by the use of . .
See AlsoMurungaru v Secretary of State for the Home Department and others CA 12-Sep-2008
The claimant was a former Kenyan minister. He had been visiting the UK for medical treatment. His visas were cancelled on the basis that his presence was not conducive to the public good. Public Interest Immunity certificates had been issued to . .
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