Saturday, March 30, 2013

British Court Rules That It's Better That British Citizens Die At the Hands of Abu Qatada Than He Gets Roughed Up In Jordan

Good grief.  The British government lost another appeal to kick Islamic terrorist Abu Qatada out of the country when the high court ruled that since Qatada's life may be in danger in Jordan, where he'd be deported to, he gets to stay in merry old England.

So, British women and children get to die ahead of this scumbag.  Is that the important thing in the PC world of British courts?

It's one thing to be a dhimmi.  It's a whole 'nother thing to serve up your countrymen like lambs to slaughter.

The story comes from Radical Islam.

UK Gov. Loses Latest Battle to Deport Jordanian Terrorist Cleric

The British government has lost an appeal against a court decision to block the deportation of Abu Qatada, a Jordanian terrorist who is wanted in his native Jordan after having been convicted of terrorism charges in 1999. Qatada's lawyers claimed that he could not receive a fair retrial in Jordan due to the use of evidence against him having been obtained using torture.

Britain’s High Court ruled that there was a "real risk" that evidence obtained from witnesses using torture could be used against him by the Jordanian authorities, breaching his human rights, thus Qatada could not be deported.

The 52-year-old cleric, whose real name is Omar Mohammed Othman and is known as Osama bin Laden's right hand man in Europe, has been convicted in absentia in Jordan of terrorism offences. He would likely to face a retrial if he was sent back. The retrial concerns charges of allegedly conspiring to bomb Western and Israeli targets before 2000.

Qatada won a last minute appeal against deportation in November, 2012 but was month was arrested and jailed again in March for breaching bail conditions that prohibited the use of mobile phones and other communication equipment in his house. Home Secretary Theresa May's legal team argued in court that Qatada is a "truly dangerous" individual who has escaped expulsion only through errors of law and should be deported.

The Court of Appeals' three judges unanimously rejected the government's appeal of November's ruling by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) which allows Qatada to stay in Britain.

In their ruling the court said, "The court recognizes that Abu Qatada is regarded as a very dangerous person but emphasizes that this is not a relevant consideration under the applicable Convention law."

May argued that while she accepted that statements against him had been obtained by torture, she denied there was any risk those statements would be used against him at a retrial. The court disagreed with her and said, "Torture is universally abhorred as an evil. A state cannot expel a person to another state where there is a real risk he will be tried on the basis of evidence which there is a real possibility may have been obtained by torture. That principle is accepted by the secretary of state and is not in doubt."

The three-judge panel said the SIAC had applied that principle in the light of all the evidence in Qatada's case, and had committed no error of law in the process. They added that the government had not proved there were legal flaws in the previous decision, which found there was a real risk that evidence obtained through torture would be used in his retrial on terror charges in Jordan.

The Home Office said it would continue its fight to get him deported. "This is not the end of the road, and the government remains determined to deport Abu Qatada," it said in a statement. "We will consider this judgment carefully and plan to seek leave to appeal. In the meantime we continue to work with the Jordanians to address the outstanding legal issues preventing deportation."

It is now 11 months since the current home secretary told the UK House of Commons: "We can soon put Abu Qatada on a plane and out of the country for good." He has successfully fought off attempts at deportation since 2005 by arguing that his human rights would be violated if deported back to Jordan.

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