Lesotho: Tsang and Others v Minister of Foreign Affairs and Others

Published: 25/Feb/1992
Source: High Court of Lesotho

Tsang and Others v Minister of Foreign Affairs and Others (CIV\APN\35\92) [1992] LSHC 23 (25 February 1992)

On the 3rd December, 1991 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Lesotho issued a Note No.36 advising all Diplomatic Missions, Consulates and Trade Missions accredited to Lesotho that certain Lesotho International Passports had been cancelled and declared
invalid with immediate effect. A list was attached to show the numbers of such passports. It is now common cause that the applicants’ Lesotho International passports were included in that list.

At the time the applicants’ passports were cancelled they were visiting Hong Kong. They had been given permission to stay in Hong Kong until the 19th January, 1992. As a result of the cancellation of the applicants’ passports by the First Respondent, the Director of Immigration of Hong Kong informed the first applicant that because his and his family’s passports had been declared invalid and cancelled they had to leave Hong Kong on or before the 19th January, 1992.

The applicants launched this application seeking an order declaring that the first respondent’s notice of revocation of the applicants’ Lesotho International Passports is ultra vires, ordering the first respondent forthwith to notify in writing all persons to whom notice of the revocation as aforesaid of the applicants’ passports was forwarded including, without limitation, the passport and immigration officials of Hong Kong, the Republic of South Africa and of the Kingdom of Lesotho, of the reinstatement of such passports; the first and second respondents were called upon to show cause why the purported revocation of the applicants’ Lesotho passports should not be reviewed, corrected, set aside and declared invalid in terms of Rule 50.

Read further: https://lesotholii.org/ls/judgment/high-court/1992/23

Themes: ID Documents and Passports, Loss and Deprivation of Nationality
Regions: Lesotho
Year: 1992