BY Dominic Casciani
BBC News home affairs
The Law Lords have given the go-ahead for the deportation from the UK of the radical cleric Abu Qatada.
Five Lords unanimously threw out his appeal against returning to Jordan, where he faces jail for terrorism.
Qatada had alleged that his conviction in Jordan was based on evidence extracted by torture.
The 48-year-old cleric is one of Europe’s most influential extremists and is currently in Belmarsh high security prison.
This key decision by the Law Lords means Home Secretary Jacqui Smith can begin deportation proceedings – but in practice his final removal may wait until after the European Court of Human Rights hears his case.
The five Lords also unanimously supported the deportation of two Algerian terrorism suspects whose cases covered similar grounds.”
Tipstack till Midgårdsjarlen!
Thumbing his nose at the spineless dhimmis: ”the extremist could still remain in the country for many months if he takes his case to the European Court of Human Rights.” And he’s doing that, which could keep him in the UK for years.
”Radical preacher Abu Qatada will ‘stay in country’ despite deportation order,” by Tom Whitehead in the Telegraph, February 18 (thanks to Sr. Soph):
Radical cleric Abu Qatada will stay in Britain for months despite a House of Lords ruling that he should be deported to Jordan where he faces terror charges.
In a statement, Qatada’s lawyer confirmed his intention to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
The move is likely to delay any moves to deport him for months and even years….”