The United Kingdom cannot deport a radical cleric linked to al Qaeda to Jordan because evidence obtained by torture could be used against him there, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in a landmark case Tuesday.
Abu Qatada has been fighting to remain in the United Kingdom since he was first arrested under anti-terrorism legislation nearly a decade ago.
He would be "at real risk of ill-treatment or a grossly unfair trial if deported to Jordan, where he is wanted on terrorism charges," the court said in a statement announcing the ruling.
British officials have described the Jordanian national as an "inspiration" for terrorists such as Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker behind the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States.
Abu Qatada appealed to the European Court following a British court ruling in 2009 ordering his deportation.FULL STORY
In the Abu Qatada case, it seems the European court of Human Rights has no regard for the feelings and thoughts of the average peace loving peoples wherever they live. This man is clearly a danger to society and if he is wanted by any country to answer charges, he should be automatically sent there. If Bin Laden was being held in Jordan on a legal technicality, the US and other countries would no doubt use every available means to get hold of him. So why the hypocracy. When will the average citizen of so called 'developed' counties ever get fair justice in cases like this.
The world has gone mad.
Great Britain cannot deport a terrorist?
Think about it more deeply than, "yeah, but see, something bad is sure to happen to him if you send him over there, and it's not right for anything bad to happen to any human being, no matter what he did, because he a human being, after all, and such."
I don't get it.
He was already convicted in absentia.
He came to England with papers that were forged.
Is the European Court seriously putting this one man's "rights" (which to me are questionable
Since he entered the country illegally) above the security of an entire country?
What about England's right not to have a known terroist in its midst?
Bettter to keep and eye on him though? Keep your friends close, your enemies closer?
@banasy whats there not to get?the uk basicly heads the united nations and their strategy for a long time has been to ignore problems and hope they go away.
Don't waste my time.
True hamsta, there are none so blind as those that refuse to see! And this person should get what he gave eh banasy!! Im in TOTAL agreement with you!
At least the UK isn't letting this man squat on a mass grave of jewish women and children.
Well Britain, aren't you glad you joined the EU? Now you aren't allowed to deport anyone without their permission. Maybe it's time to cut loose from the EU. Why not put the Commonwealth back together in some meaningful way? It can be you, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and anyone else who wants in. Quebec might not like it, but we'll just let them leave.
I thought of sending him away to the old prison colony of Australia, but thn I thought that they don't want him, either.
...and you know what my definition of a radical 'holy man' is. I say that we have a few that could use some deporting.
Just put a suicide belt on him with a timed fuse, stick him in unit with other terrorists and let him have his own personal jihad. Allah alu ak– BOOM
Send him back to experience what he put out to others, isnt this true punishment? If not than why is he given protection? Sounds like a defectig nazi!! A blast to the past
I don't get the WHY of it.
He was convicted in absentia.
Therefore, the tria lis over.
Of the sort *he* dished out?
Face your punishment, cleric.
And it isn't the UN that ruled on this, is it?
@Joey good comment, Not. @Philip gay as usual.Some things never change.
Maybe he will appreciate more the Western style of Justice who is protecting him. Maybe he will put more effort in a spiritual fight against the forces of evil than in a physical effort to fight the forces of evil. Or, maybe he will put a strap-on vest and ask an audience with Her Royal Majesty the Queen or some other mission ordered by God the Compassionate and Merciful