Tuesday, 17 April 2012


BREAKING NEWS: Abu Qatada has been arrested for deportation despite the decision by the European Court of Human Rights blocking his deportation to Jordan, saying evidence obtained by torture might be used in his terror retrial!!!!!!!!

Cleric Abu Qatada arrested for deportation

Abu Qatada Abu Qatada is wanted in Jordan on terror charges

Radical cleric Abu Qatada has been arrested ahead of fresh deportation proceedings, the Home Office has said.

He is expected to appear at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission on Tuesday afternoon, when the home secretary will update MPs on his case.

The European Court of Human Rights blocked his deportation to Jordan in January, saying evidence obtained by torture might be used against him.

Ministers have been seeking assurances from Jordan this will not be the case.

The Home Office had previously said it was making "good progress" in obtaining those guarantees from Jordan, where he faces charges of plotting bomb attacks.

'Security threat'

Home Secretary Theresa May travelled to Jordan in March for talks with the king and ministers on the case of the 51-year-old Palestinian-Jordanian, whom ministers have described as "extremely dangerous".

She will make an emergency statement to the Commons on Tuesday about the cleric, who is regarded as a threat to UK national security.

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If there is untainted evidence against Abu Qatada then he should be tried in a British court”

Aamer Anwar Human rights lawyer

A Home Office spokesman said on Tuesday: "UK Border Agency officers have today arrested Abu Qatada and told him that we intend to resume deportation proceedings against him."

A British judge had ended Abu Qatada's six-year UK detention in February, weeks after the European Court of Human Rights blocked his deportation.

He was released from Long Lartin high-security jail in Worcestershire on strict bail conditions, including a 22-hour curfew allowing him to leave home for a maximum of an hour, twice a day.

However, BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said the home secretary would argue that the cleric should be held in custody pending deportation.

Abu Qatada's legal team will apply for bail at Tuesday's Special Immigration Appeals Commission hearing in central London, the Judicial Communications Office said.

Shortly before the cleric was arrested, Conservative MP Peter Bone told the BBC the government should deport him and deal with any legal consequences afterwards.

'No hold-up'

"All the assurances the European court wanted are there," he said.

"As the conditions are now met, he should be deported and there should be no hold-up."

Abu Qatada has never been charged with any offence in the UK but British authorities have previously said he gave advice to those who aimed "to engage in terrorist attacks, including suicide bombings".

He faces a re-trial in Jordan for plotting bomb attacks against American and Israeli tourists during the country's millennium celebrations, offences he was convicted of in his absence.

Human rights lawyer and campaigner Aamer Anwar accused UK ministers of "condoning torture" by persevering with attempts to send Abu Qatada for trial in Jordan.

"The UK asserts the right to try suspects for the gravest crimes anywhere in the world in our courts and it's about time that the government exercised that prerogative," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

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