Application No. 14630/89
by S. and M.
against the United Kingdom


        The European Commission of Human Rights sitting in private on
6 May 1989, the following members being present:

                MM.  J.A. FROWEIN, Acting President
                     F. ERMACORA
                     G. SPERDUTI
                     E. BUSUTTIL
                     G. JÖRUNDSSON
                     A.S. GÖZÜBÜYÜK
                     A. WEITZEL
                     J.C. SOYER
                     H.G. SCHERMERS
                     H. DANELIUS
                     G. BATLINER
                     J. CAMPINOS
                     H. VANDENBERGHE
                Mrs.  G.H. THUNE
                Sir  Basil HALL
                MM.  F. MARTINEZ
                     C.L. ROZAKIS
                Mrs.  J. LIDDY
                Mr.  L. LOUCAIDES

                Mr.  H.C. KRÜGER, Secretary to the Commission


        Having regard to Article 25 of the Convention for the
Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms;

        Having regard to the application introduced on 27 January 1989
by S. and M. against the United Kingdom and registered on
7 February 1989 under file No. 14630/89;

        Having regard to the report provided for in Rule 40 of the
Rules of Procedure of the Commission;

        Having deliberated;

        Decides as follows:

THE FACTS

        The first applicant is a citizen of Bangladesh, born in 1960
and resident in Leeds, England.  He is a muslim minister of religion
and a religious teacher (an imam), working for the second applicant,
an association of Bangladeshi muslims.  They are represented before
the Commission by Mr.  H. Storey of Messrs.  John Howell & Co.,
Solicitors, Sheffield.

        The applicants originally complained to the Commission of a
breach of their freedom of religion, ensured by Article 9 of the
Convention, because the first applicant had been refused leave to
remain in the United Kingdom as the imam for the second applicant.
However on 19 April 1989 the applicants' representatives informed the
Commission that the Home Office had reviewed the case and granted the
first applicant 12 months' leave to remain in his capacity as minister
of religion.  Accordingly they requested the withdrawal of the
application.


REASONS FOR THE DECISION

        The Commission notes that the first applicant has been
granted leave to remain in the United Kingdom and that the factual
basis of the application has thereby been resolved.  It finds no
reasons of a general character affecting the observance of the
Convention which require the further examination of the case.
Accordingly it accedes to the applicants' request to withdraw their
application.

        For these reasons, the Commission

        DECIDES TO STRIKE THE APPLICATION OFF ITS LIST OF CASES.



  Secretary to the Commission      Acting President of the Commission




         (H.C. KRÜGER)                      (J.A. FROWEIN)