Ben Keith, instructed by the Secretary of State for the Home Department, will appear via Live Link from the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) today (Thursday 28 April 2022) at 10:30 am.  The case is listed for half a day. To watch the case live, click here.

Here is what the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary Pages say about the case:

SR (Sri Lanka) (appellant) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department (respondent)

Appeal against the decision of the Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber dated 2 June 2021. National of Sri Lanka. Refusal of asylum. Risk as detained from 2009 to 2013 as thought to be a member of the LTTE or a collaborator who had acted for them as a driver. Further risk due to sur place activities with the TGTE. He arrived in 2013 and claimed asylum. This was refused and there followed a series of unsuccessful applications.

The First Tier Tribunal dismissed the appeal finding the account to be incredible and that the applicant’s sur place activities did not show genuine political motivation.

The Upper Tribunal dismissed the appeal finding no error of law- the FTT had meant that the account was implausible and not incredible.

Ben Keith is a leading barrister specialising in Extradition and International Crime, as well as dealing with Immigration, Serious Fraud, and Public law. He has extensive experience of appellate proceedings before the Administrative and Divisional Courts, Criminal and Civil Court of Appeal as well as applications and appeals to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and United Nations.

Ben is a Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber). He won the International Pro Bono Barrister of the Year in November 2021. He is top-ranked as a junior in Extradition in The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guides.