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K2/G1

Born in Sudan, K2 or G1 came to the UK as a child and became a British citizen in 2000. A decade later, while in Sudan, he was deprived of his citizenship. He is thought to have had links with al-Shabaab and his case is linked with three other citizenship deprivations; those of Mohamed Sakr, Bilal al-Berwawi and Mahdi Hashi.

K2 was born in Sudan and arrived to the UK as a child together with his father who was a refugee and previously politically active in Sudan. Both got granted indefinite leave to remain. K2 got naturalized as a British citizen in 2000. In 2009 K2 was arrested after participating in street demonstrations in London and charged with violent disorder. He breached his bail when he, according to the Security Services, traveled to Somalia later that year.

He was stripped of his British citizenship while in Sudan in 2010. Theresa May made an order depriving him of his British citizenship on the ground that such deprivation would be conducive to the public good. The deprivation order was sent by post to his home address in the UK, despite K2 being in Sudan at that time. K2 initially appealed due to stateless but later obtained Sudanese passport. The case has gone through numerous appeals. A key issue concerned the fact that K2 was unable to properly partake in his own SIAC case from Sudan and not being able to return to the UK. As confirmed by several lawyers, he felt unable to communicate with his legal team via internet or mobile phone, due to fear of becoming a target for Sudanese or other security services and placing himself at serious risk of harm. SIAC rejected the argument and allowed the proceedings. In a witness statement K2’s brother argued that ‘He was very depressed. He was terrified the
authorities were going to come after him because of his court case and was very afraid and wouldn’t go out’. K2 currently lives in Khartoum North while his wife, son and mother lived in the UK but are not thought to have left the UK to live elsewhere.

Key sources

SIAC (2014) K2 and Secretary of State for the Home Department. Appeal No: SC/96/2010 Court of Appeal (2012) G1 and Secretary of State for the Home Department. Case No: T3.2011.2046 & T3.2011.1988, http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2012/867.html

SIAC (2013) G1 v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Deportation – Preliminary Issue – Refused) [2013] UKSIAC 96/2010 (24 October 2013)