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|Radical Cleric Abu Qatada Denied Bail in Britain|
|[Naharnet] Jordanian terror suspect Abu Qatada was on Monday denied bail in his latest legal skirmish with British authorities, who have been trying to deport him for a decade.|
The has been in and out of British prisons since 2002 as he fights successive government attempts to send him to Jordan, where he has been convicted of terror charges in his absence.
To ministers' horror he was released from his latest stint in jail in November, but was again in March for allegedly breaching his bail conditions.
A judge at 's Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) ruled on Monday that the preacher, once dubbed 's right-hand man in Europe, should remain .
"There is no doubt about the national security threat which the appellant presents," judge Stephen Irwin said.
"This appellant has in the past fled in order to avoid a court order, equipping himself with a false passport.
"He is highly intelligent, has a range of sympathetic and supportive contacts, and his risk to national security is undiminished.
"We reject the submission that he can, even now, be relied on to comply with his legal obligations and not to attempt to abscond."
In a surprise move earlier this month, Abu Qatada's lawyer told the court that the preacher would return to Jordan voluntarily if its parliament ratifies a treaty barring the use of evidence obtained by torture.
The issue is at the heart of 's long struggle to deport him to Jordan, where he faces a likely retrial over his alleged involvement in the planning of terrorist attacks.
Last year the European Court of Human Rights blocked his deportation due to fears that evidence obtained through torture would be used against him in the new trial.
SIAC ruled in November that he could be released despite posing a risk to national security.
the was sent back to jail in March after a stash of mobile phones, computer memory sticks and other digital devices were found in his home in what Irwin said was a "significant" breach of his bail conditions.
Government lawyer Robin Tam said a USB stick found in the bedroom of Abu Qatada's eldest son had contained schoolwork but also "jihadist files" including references to Al-Qaeda.
Abu Qatada had admitted breaching bail conditions which prevent him from turning on mobile phones or possessing other communication devices at his taxpayer-funded home in London.
But he claimed that he did not use the phones, several of which belonged to his wife and children.
Abu Qatada's lawyer Daniel Friedman had told SIAC that ahead of his return to Jordan, his client "wants to spend time with his family to prepare to leave the country in a manner that safeguards the dignity and security of all involved".
The preacher "has been deprived of his liberty more than any other non-convicted person in British history", Friedman claimed.
's interior ministry described Abu Qatada as "dangerous" and said it was pleased he had been denied bail.
"The best place for him is behind bars until he can be lawfully removed from the UK," the Home Office said in a Twitter post.
"The government remains committed to securing Abu Qatada's deportation as quickly as possible."
|Abu Qatada to leave Britain voluntarily|
|[Pak Daily Times] Radical Abu Qatada will return to Jordan voluntarily when the Jordanian parliament ratifies a deal with that ensures he will receive a fair trial, the 's lawyer told a London court on Friday. |
Abu Qatada's pledge is a victory for the British government after nearly eight years of unsuccessful attempts to deport the , who is accused of spreading radical ideas that once inspired one of the Sept 11, 2001 hijackers.
Courts have repeatedly blocked deportation on the grounds that a trial in Jordan of Abu Qatada, whose real name is Mohammed Othman, risked being tainted by the use of evidence obtained using torture.
last month announced it had signed a new treaty with Jordan aimed at addressing those concerns.
"If and when the Jordanian parliament ratifies that treaty, Mr Othman will voluntarily return to Jordan," Edward Fitzgerald, a lawyer representing him, told a special immigration tribunal.
That would be a relief to Home Secretary Theresa May, the British interior minister, who has faced media pressure over repeated failures to deport Abu Qatada.
"The Home Secretary's focus remains on seeing Abu Qatada returned to Jordan at the earliest opportunity," Security Minister James Brokenshire said in a statement issued by the Home Office shortly after the news from court emerged.
|Abu Qatada may leave Britain voluntarily|
|Radical cleric Abu Qatada will return to Jordan voluntarily if the Jordanian parliament ratifies a deal with Britain that ensures he will receive a fair trial, the cleric's lawyer said on Friday.|
|UK: France shows us how to deal with jihadis|
|UK, Jordan Sign Treaty to Push Abu Qatada Deportation|
|[An Nahar] Abu Qatada would face a fair trial if deported, Home Secretary Theresa May said Wednesday. has signed a legal treaty with Jordan giving guarantees that Islamist terror suspect |
May made the announcement in parliament a day after the Court of Appeal in London refused her permission to challenge its ruling that the radical preacher cannot be sent back due to rights concerns.
The minister also said the British government was "exploring all options" but refused to directly confirm reports that it was considering a temporary withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights.
"I can tell the house that I have signed a comprehensive mutual legal assistance agreement with Jordan," May said in a statement to the House of Commons.
"The agreement also includes a number of fair trial guarantees... I believe these guarantees will provide the courts with the assurance that Qatada will not face evidence that might have been obtained by torture in a retrial in Jordan."
May said she believed the new treaty would give the British government "every chance of succeeding" in its years-long battle to deport Abu Qatada.
Both countries had yet to ratify the treaty and it was due to go before the Jordanian parliament shortly, May said.
|Fresh Setback for Britain in Battle to Deport Abu Qatada|
|[An Nahar] The British government faced a fresh setback on Tuesday in its long-running legal battle to deport radical preacher Abu Qatada, but insisted it would not give up trying to send him to Jordan.|
The Court of Appeal refused ministers permission to challenge its ruling last month that the terror suspect, also known as Omar Othman, cannot be deported to Jordan because of concerns.
"The Court of Appeal has refused permission" to the government to take the case to the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court, a for the Judicial Office told Agence Presse.
the refusal is not fatal to the case because ministers are entitled to ask the Supreme Court directly to hear their appeal -- and officials indicated they would do exactly that.
"We are disappointed with the Court of Appeal's decision but will now request permission to appeal directly from the Supreme Court," a for the interior ministry said.
"The government remains committed to deporting this dangerous man and we continue to work with the Jordanians to address the outstanding legal issues preventing deportation."
There is huge frustration in London over the failure to deport a man considered "an exceptionally high-risk terrorist", who has successfully blocked his removal for eight years.
A Spanish judge once branded him the right-hand man in Europe of , although Abu Qatada denies ever meeting the late al-Qaeda leader.
The preacher was convicted in Jordan of terrorism charges in his absence, and is likely to face a retrial if he is returned.
But the European Court of Human Rights last year blocked his deportation over fears that evidence obtained through torture would be used against him in the new trial.
|British Government Loses Abu Qatada Deportation Appeal|
|[An Nahar] The British government on Wednesday vowed not to give up its fight to deport radical Abu Qatada to Jordan after losing its latest court challenge to have him expelled. |
Lawyers for Home Secretary Theresa May had appealed a decision by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) in November allowing the Jordanian to stay in , but this was dismissed.
In a ruling posted online on Wednesday, three Court of Appeal judges acknowledged that the government believed Abu Qatada to be an "exceptionally high risk terrorist".
|Seven Days To Save Terrorism Survivors Support Centre|
|Meanwhile the British government is spending millions on Muslim outreach programs and on POS like Abu Qatada. Money is never a problem when it's for our Muslim "brothers"|
Money is never a problem when it's someone else's money...
Survivors of the 7/7 London bombings are fighting to save a support centre in Brent that helps victims of terrorist attacks. The Survivors of Terrorism charity has run out of money and will close in the next 7 days if it doesn't raise new funds.
Lisa French was on the bus in the Tavistock Square when it was bombed.
"We want to be survivors. We fought for our lives that day. Many of us were on life support machines," she explained.
She has told LBC 97.3 she has written to Prime Minister David Cameron asking for his help.
"[It is the Government's] responsibility to protect people from terrorist attack. When that fails I believe it is also the Government's responsibility to help provide support."
With all respect to the victims, it's been a while. What is the charity doing and why is it still needed?
|Britain Challenges Ban on Removal of Cleric Abu Qatada|
|[An Nahar] Britain's government on Monday challenged a ruling blocking the extradition of Jordanian terror suspect Abu Qatada, saying that the justice system in the Arab nation could be trusted.|
The Court of Appeal in London reserved judgment until a later date after hearing arguments from the interior ministry and from Abu Qatada's lawyers.
The hearing came just days after Abu Qatada was rearrested for breaching his bail conditions, although it was unrelated to the bail decision and a separate hearing on that is due on March 21.
Abu Qatada, real name Omar Mohammed Othman, was convicted in absentia in Jordan of involvement in terror attacks in 1998 and successive British governments have been trying for a decade to secure his deportation.
Lawyers for Home Secretary Theresa May are challenging a ruling by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) in November that Abu Qatada cannot be deported over fears that evidence obtained through torture could be used against him in any retrial.
Lawyer James Eadie said that SIAC had taken an "erroneous" view of the situation in Jordan.
"There is no real risk of a flagrant denial of justice. The Jordanian courts will consider all the evidence," Eadie told the court.
|Qatada: May Pledges To Scrap Human Rights Act|
|Why not just get Holder to drone zap him?|
Theresa May has pledged that a Conservative government would scrap the Human Rights Act which she claims has stopped Britain from deporting the radical preacher Abu Qatada.
The Home Secretary also went so far as to indicate the Conservatives could go further by pulling out of its European obligations on Human Rights altogether, an association dating back more than 60 years.
Ms May, who is being touted as a possible future Conservative leader, told Tory activists that the party must "consider very carefully our relationship" with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
She said that Britain must stop human rights laws interfering with its ability to protect the nation. She pointed to the case of Qatada, once described as Osama bin Laden's right hand man in Europe, who was on Saturday returned to custody following his arrest for allegedly breaching his bail conditions.
The country's most senior judge, Lord Neuberger, last week pointed out that if Britain was to scrap the Human Rights Act and end its association with the European Convention on Human Rights, it would also have to withdraw from the United Nations.
He pointed out that it is under the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights that terrorists could not be deported to countries where they might be subjected to poor treatment.
|Abu Qatada back in custody over bail breach|
|[Iran Press TV] Radical Palestinian-Jordanian cleric Abu Qatada has been arrested for allegedly breaching his bail conditions, the British Home Office says.|
UK Border Agency (UKBA) officials arrested Qatada outside his home in the British capital on Friday, following raids by the Metropolitan Police Service Counter Terrorism unit.
His arrest comes days ahead of the British government's latest court bid to have him deported to Jordan, where he has been convicted of terror charges in his absence in 1999.
A Home Office spokesperson said, "The UK Border Agency arrested a 52-year-old man from north London for alleged breaches of his bail conditions imposed by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC)."
British justice system has accused Qatada of being linked to al-Qaeda and threatening the country's national security, but no charges have been introduced against him.
Abu Qatada was detained in October 2002 under anti-terrorism laws that authorized imprisonment of suspected terrorists without any charges.
|Suspected terrorist wins appeal|
|You just can't make this sh*t up YJCMTSU|
A suspected terrorist from Algeria with links to supporters of al Qaida has won his appeal to stay on British soil over fears he may kill himself if deported.
The North African fanatic, who does not dispute posing a threat to national security and is currently free on bail, is believed to have provided travel arrangements and fake passports to terrorists.
But in a blow to the Home Office, a special immigration court has allowed the 43-year-old to remain in Britain amid concerns his human rights will be breached because he is likely to commit suicide once returned to his home country.
But the senior immigration judge warned that despite his ruling there was "no end in sight" to removing the men, who are also free on bail and include two fundamentalists linked with an alleged 2003 plot to commit mass murder using the poison ricin.