After escaping the country, the man arrived in Ireland. He applied for asylum but was denied at first stage and appeal. When he took his case to the High Court, it was decided the Refugee Appeals Tribunal should hear the case.
The tribunal turned down the application. The applicant’s lawyers asked the High Court to block this decision.
Justice Colm Mac Eochaidh agreed with the lawyers and the case was sent back to the tribunal. The judge questioned the tribunal’s findings the man was not gay.