Nobel laureate loses Israel deportation appeal: Rights group

Mairead Maguire had been deported in June for trying to reach Gaza Strip.

Last Updated: Oct 05, 2010, 13:38 PM IST

Jerusalem: Israel`s supreme court on Monday rejected an appeal by Northern Irish Nobel laureate and peace activist Mairead Maguire against her deportation, the Adalah legal rights group representing her said.

"The supreme court rejected Mairead Maguire`s appeal against a court decision ordering her expulsion from Israel," Adalah spokesman Salah Mohsen said. "Her deportation could now take place at any time."

It is not yet known when the expulsion order will be implemented.
Maguire, 66, arrived in Israel on Tuesday but was denied entry at Ben Gurion airport because she had been deported in June for trying to reach the Gaza Strip by boat in defiance of an Israeli naval blockade.