Sylvie Beghal, 49, a mother of three, was returning to Leicester after visiting her husband, Djamel Beghal, in a French prison when she was stopped at East Midlands airport in 2011. She claimed the action undertaken by police violated her right to privacy and family life.
Her claims were rejected by the UK High and Supreme Courts, but the European Court of Human Rights has now ruled in her favor. EU judges have told the government to cover her £ 21,531 legal bill. The UK Home Office has stated that it would be challenging the ruling.