Crime

Not considered a threat to national security

The General Inspectorate for Immigration had canceled the Romanian residence permit of a Pakistani man who was considered a threat to national security; but the Bucharest Court of Appeal then rescinded the document canceling his permit.

The judges said the claim that the Pakistani man represents a danger to national security was not proved.

In August 2019, a Pakistani man, settled in Romania for almost 30 years with his wife and kids, obtained an extension of his residence permit in Romania for another five years. A month later, in September 2019, per the request of SRI (Romanian Intelligence Service), the General Inspectorate for Immigration canceled the residence permit for the Pakistani man and his family with the additional obligation that he leave the country within 30 days and not be allowed to enter the country for 15 years.

The General Inspectorate for Immigration made the decision based on information from SRI, which indicated the man “runs a virulent anti-Indian propaganda within a group of his countrymen, inciting involvement in activities of an extremist nature against the interests of India in our country.”

But the Pakistani man and his family disputed the decision of the General Inspectorate for Immigration in court and has now won the case. The judges canceled the decision of the General Inspectorate for Immigration, stating that the danger to national security had not been sufficiently proved.

“Because there was no proof that the complainant represents a danger to national security and also because there were no solid clues delivered by the authorities to back up this conclusion […] the Court will admit the case formulated by this complainant and will cancel the decisions made against him for the revocation of his long-term residence permit, the obligation to return to his country and the interdiction against his entering Romania for a period of 15 years,” says the verdict pronounced in May by the Court of Appeal Bucharest. The sentence is final.

 

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Author: Blanka Székely