to me this is another reason why human rights needsto be seriously changed when dealing with individuals like this!Hate cleric Abu Qatada cannot be deported to Jordan because he could be tortured, European human rights judges rule
A hate cleric has been told he can stay in the UK because of his human rights, despite being described as Osama bin Laden's right hand man in Europe.
In a blow to the British government, radical Muslim Abu Qatada was told that he would not be deported back to Jordan even though he has been convicted on terror charges.
Described by one judge as 'a truly dangerous individual', he remains an iconic figure for many supporters of Jihad.
The European Court of Human Rights said that he could not be sent back because 'there remains a real risk that evidence obtained by torture will be used against him'.
He has been described by another judge as 'a truly dangerous individual', he remains an iconic figure for many supporters of jihad.
The decision flies in the face of UK law Lords who ruled almost three years ago that he could be sent back to Jordan and is the first time the Strasbourg-based court has found that and expulsion would be in violation of the right to a fair trial.
But in a landmark judgment in February 2009, five Law Lords unanimously backed the Government’s policy of removing terror suspects from Britain on the basis of assurances from foreign governments.
Jacqui Smith, the then-home secretary, said the ruling vindicated the Government’s efforts to remove dangerous individuals.
But Qatada’s lawyers appealed to the European Court of Human Rights, where the latest ruling was made.
Today's court ruling - which went against the UK Law Lords' judgment and agreed with the earlier decision of the Court of Appeal - means the 51-year-old cleric must stay in Britain, where he is currently held at Belmarsh high-security prison, for now at least.
The Law Lords' judgment had been a boost for the Government's use of written guarantees from other countries that they will not torture deportees returned home Source