Sheikh Raed Salah will remain behind bars in London, a British court ruled Friday after denying an appeal filed by the leader of the Islamic Movement's northern branch against the decision to deport him.
The judges noted that Salah entered the United Kingdom illegally and should therefore be banished.
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The sheikh was arrested a week and a half ago and has been kept in custody since them.
Salah refused to accept the court's decision and said he would petition the country's supreme court. "I entered Britain legally, and I'll leave without being deported," he said.
Sheikh Kamal Khatib, deputy head of the Islamic Movement's northern branch, told Ynet: "The court's decision manifests the disregard of our stance. We are certain that the State of Israel is behind this entire arrest. Its goal is to destroy our activity.
"So we won't be deterred by all these moves. We won't give up. We'll remain strong without giving up our rights."
Knesset Member Talab El-Sana (United Arab List-Ta'al), who was present in the courtroom, told Ynet: "The court refused to release Sheikh Raed Salah on bail until the next session. They extended his remand, claiming he was a menace to the public.
"I met him and he told me he was feeling well. He was questioned about the statements he made in his lectures in Britain."
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