Terror suspect Abu Qatada today won his appeal against deportation to Jordan to face trial.
The radical cleric, once described by a judge as Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe, has been fighting extradition to the Middle East country, where he was convicted of terror charges in his absence in 1999
Qatada – whose lawyers say he won’t get a fair trial in Jordan – was allowed to stay in Britain in 1994, but Ministers desperately want him deported.
Nope, you’re right, I don’t know the details of the case. But what these courts, these appeals commissions, are there to do is to protect us from them.
Us the citizenry (and yes, Qatada is not a UK citizen but he was, however rightly or wrongly, granted asylum so he gets the same legal rights) against them the politicians. They may want to deport him. The law says you cannot deport someone to where they will be tortured. Or to where evidence gained under torture will be used.
And let’s just agree that Jordan is a little more relaxed about those prohibitions than we are here.
At which point let us welcome Mr. Larry Flynt back to centre stage: “If the law will protect a scumbag like me then it will protect you”.
Apparently Abu has cost £500k. Or £3 million. Or some vast number in benefits, legal fees, prison costs, since he got here. I would call it cheap for what we’re getting really. That line in the sand past which those covered by the Pax Britannica cannot be sent off to be dealt with by dodgy foreign legal systems. Cheap at the price I’d say only a few million squids to limit the power of them over us?