The Strasbourg Bar Association denounced this Tuesday, September 28, the “contempt for a court decision” on the part of the Bas-Rhin prefecture, which expelled four Afghan asylum seekers to Bulgaria “without even await” a decision from the Court of Appeal.
It’s rare enough to be stressed. The Strasbourg Bar Association which is indignant at a decision by the Bas-Rhin prefecture. In a press release, he denounces the non-respect of the legal procedure and consequently the expulsion of four Afghan nationals.
To understand, you have to go back to Sunday, September 26. A judge of freedoms and detention in Strasbourg orders the release of the four Afghans previously placed in the administrative detention center (CRA) of Geispolsheim (Bas-Rhin). The prosecution had appealed this decision, and a hearing at the Colmar Court of Appeal was scheduled for Monday afternoon. “But without even waiting for the Court hearing, the services of the prefecture forced the Afghan detainees at dawn on Monday morning to take the plane bound for Bulgaria, from where they risk being sent back to Afghanistan. “explains Christina Kruger, President of the Strasbourg Bar Association.
Hardening of the migration policy
“The bar is indignant that the administration, despite generous announcements, is thus deporting Afghan nationals in defiance of a court decision”, she added. The president says she is very worried today. “We are witnessing there, a hardening of the application of the texts. These methods are not usual” she specifies. Also worried about these deported nationals given the context in Afghanistan. “We all know the current situation in Afghanistan. Their expulsion was organized without consideration, even though these people were described as vulnerable.” Mr Kruger also recalls that Bulgaria “has not suspended removals to Afghanistan, despite the Taliban taking power”.
“An operation carried out completely legally” according to the prefecture
The prefecture of Bas-Rhin ensures for its part that “the prosecutor’s appeal (was) suspensive, which allows this operation to be carried out legally”. Asked about the guarantees that Bulgaria will not send these asylum seekers back to Afghanistan, the prefecture did not answer.
For Me Kruger, there is “Legally, nothing more to do for these people”. But, for the chairman, this situation must not happen again. This is the subject of the press release. The order that asks “to the administration to respect the rule of law.”
At the end of August, the city of Strasbourg had welcomed around a hundred Afghan asylum seekers fleeing the Taliban regime. “The care of these Afghan nationals is fully in line with our country’s tradition of hospitality, as well as in compliance with our laws and regulations,” declared Josiane Chevalier, the prefect of Bas-Rhin.