Supreme Court refers question on suicide risk to Court of Justice

The Supreme Court has given judgment today in MP (Sri Lanka) v SSHD, a case concerning the status to be given to a person who cannot be removed from the UK because of a risk of suicide arising from torture.  The Supreme Court has referred the matter to the Court of Justice of the European Union for a ruling on whether Mr MP, a Sri Lankan Tamil who was severely tortured in 2002 and consequently suffers from serious mental health difficulties, is entitled to humanitarian protection under the EU Qualification Directive.  Mr MP has already established that he is entitled to stay in the UK because of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights because of the risk of suicide if he were sent to Sri Lanka. 

 

The judgment and press release is available here.

 

Mr MP was represented by Raza Husain QC of Matrix, leading Alasdair Mackenzie and Alison Pickup of Doughty Street Chambers, instructed by Arun Gananathan at Birnberg Peirce & Partners.

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