Radical cleric Abu Qatada facing expulsion
Published 18/02/2009 | 13:26
Radical cleric Abu Qatada can be deported, despite fears he could face torture, a court ruled today.
The Law Lords said Qatada, once described by a judge as “Osama Bin Laden’s right hand man in Europe”, could be sent back to Jordan where he faces terror charges.
The judgment is a victory for the Home Office in its long-running campaign to remove Qatada from Britain, but was criticised by human rights groups.
The Law Lords also ruled in
favour of the Government over its attempts to deport two other men to Algeria.
All three men could now take
their case to the European Court of Human Rights.
Ms Smith said: “My top priority is to protect public safety and ensure national security and I have signed Abu Qatada’s deportation order which will be served on him today. I am keen to deport this dangerous individual as soon as I can.”
The Lords allowed the Government’s appeal against a court decision blocking his removal.
Qatada is currently being held in Belmarsh high security prison after an immigration court ruled last year that there was a risk he could breach his bail conditions.