THE Director of Immigration and the Refugee Status Review Board sought yesterday to overturn a High Court ruling allowing two Vietnamese to have their refugee applications reassessed. A High Court judge had ruled that the decision to deny the couple refugee status was a nullity because it had been unfair and in breach of natural justice. But the Director of Immigration and the Refugee Status Review Board argued yesterday that the failure to read back to the couple their statements of claim had not necessarily resulted in a serious breach of procedural requirements which had nullified the proceedings. They lodged the appeal after Mr Justice Liu allowed the application for a judicial review of the cases of Le Tu Phuong and his wife, Dinh Thi Bich Chinh, who, as a result, were to be screened again. It was Le's case that on his return to Hanoi from China in 1979, he was told he had no right to resume residence in Vietnam and that he was regarded as a member of a reactionary family, organising anti-government activities with priests. Although it found that Le had been suspected of being a spy and had suffered detention and harassment, the board concluded that his life in Vietnam was not intolerable and screened the couple out of the refugee programme. In setting aside that decision, Mr Justice Liu in the High Court took the view that the two had been treated unfairly because their statements, taken down during the screening and at the appeal before the board, had gone through double translation and had not been read back to them. The hearing before Mr Justice Nazareth, Mr Justice Litton and Mr Justice Bokhary continues.