Home Secretary Theresa May has lost two court cases involving failed asylum seekers within a few days.
In one case, a high court judge has ruled that Ethiopian Gadisa Ararso, 27, is entitled to compensation because he was unlawfully held in immigration detention for about seven weeks pending deportation.
Another judge at the high court in London has ruled that a woman who has been deported should be allowed to return to the UK to attend an appeal hearing.
Mr Justice Kerr concluded Ararso’s detention had been lawful initially because his removal from the UK was imminent.
But he said circumstances changed when Ararso announced his intention to challenge the home secretary’s decision to deport him.
The judge said Ararso had been unlawfully detained between 16 September and 7 November 2014.
He said he hoped Ararso would be able to agree a compensation figure with May’s department but gave no indication of how big the award should be.
The home secretary had fought Ararso’s unlawful detention claim. Lawyers representing her argued there was a risk he would abscond if released.
Mr Justice Collins, meanwhile, did not identify the woman in the other case, nor name the country she came from.
He said her asylum claim had been refused and she had been deported. She appealed against the decision and wanted to travel back to Britain to attend the appeal hearing.
Lawyers representing May argued the woman might abscond if she was allowed back into Britain. But Collins ruled in the woman’s favour and said she should be allowed to return.