Saturday, 6 August 2011

Family of terror suspect given free travel tickets to visit him

Taxpayers must pay train fares and taxi bills so that a terror suspect’s family can visit him after he was banned from the capital, a High Court judge has ordered.

Mr Justice Simon decided that because the Islamic extremist has been barred from London under anti-terror laws, he had lost his family life and had no friends.

To compensate for the breach of his human right to a family life, the Government should provide tickets when his wife and two children go to see him.

Theresa May disclosed the concessions made for the terrorist
Mr Justice Simon made the decision to give the suspect's family money to travel to see him

Decision: Theresa May disclosed the concession to the terrorist, which was decided by Mr Justice Simon

His judgment amounts to a further extension of the reach of Article 8 of the European Human Rights convention, which guarantees the right to private and family life.

Under Labour’s Human Rights Act, Article 8 has been used to free criminals, prevent deportations, allow assisted suicide and bring in a privacy law.

Training: The terrorist went to a camp organised by Mohammed Hamid - who calls himself 'Osama Bin London'

Training: The terrorist went to a camp organised by Mohammed Hamid - who calls himself 'Osama Bin London'

The ruling means that the family of the terrorist will get help from the Home Office to pay £40-a-trip coach or railway fares between Tottenham, North London, and the Midlands where he is exiled. Taxpayers must also meet taxi costs at both ends.

The concession to the terrorist, known only as CD, was disclosed by Home Secretary Theresa May in a statement to MPs on terrorist control orders.

The suspect, who has dual British and Nigerian nationality, was exiled under an order taken out in February.

MI5 has stated he is ‘the leading figure in a close group of Islamic extremists based in North London’. He had gone to meetings and a training camp organised by Mohammed Hamid, a terrorist instructor who called himself ‘Osama Bin London’.

The failed bombers who tried to attack the capital on July 21, 2005 were also at the camp in Cumbria. Hamid is now serving an indeterminate jail sentence.

The Security Services told the High Court that CD had three years of ‘extremist training’ in Syria. Back in London, he had made ‘several attempts to procure firearms for potential attack plans’.

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