BRITAIN CELEBRATES THE DEPARTURE OF ABU QATADA – Abu Qatada has cost the British taxpayer millions in his continuous legal battles to prevent his deportation back to Jordan to face charges of terrorism.
An agreement was finally struck with the Home Office whereby Abu Qatada vowed to leave Britain if assurances by the Jordanian Government were provided in that his previous confession for terrorist activities, which according to Qatada were obtained through torture, were not used.
Last month the Home Secretary, Theresa May, signed a treaty with Jordan that provided a guarantee that such evidence would not be used and a promise that he would receive fair trial.
Early last week reports surfaced that all the documentation was now in place to deport Abu Qatada and that he was given 72 hours to mount any legal action to block the deportation order.
Public fears and rumours were rife that Abu Qatada would once again make a mockery of the British justice system and the Home Office by instructing his legal team to block such a move.
Thankfully and finally no such attempt was made and just after midnight on Sunday morning Abu Qatada was escorted under armed guard from Blemarsh prison and driven to a waiting private jet at RAF Northolt.
No doubt the Home Secretary played vigil by her telephone during the early hours waiting for confirmation by the security services that the plane and Abu Qatada had finally left Britain.
I suspect there will be more than a few champagne corks popping today at the news and after 10 long years of legal wrangling that continuously thwarted the efforts of the Home Office which cost the taxpayer millions it is time again to reflect and take a long hard look at the Human Rights laws and our involvement with the European Convention of Human Rights.
I have always believe that the law is about providing justice; it should simply be a case of right and wrong and yet over the years our Government and legislators have shaped and moulded the laws so they are intertwined and so complex it is difficult to obtain a straight answer.
Certainly the ideology of James I who created the Law of Equity in which he said; “If Common Law and Equity every should conflict then Equity must always prevail.” appears to have almost no consideration in modern times and surely if Equity was used Equity would have dictated long ago that Abu Qatada had no right to reside in the UK.
Now that Qatada has finally left should it now be the time to use this example of how an individual can so brutally abuse our laws at the expense of the hard working taxpayer. Isn’t it time that we stood back and reflected as to whether to scrap or rewrite the Human Rights Act 1998 and re-evaluate our participation in the ECHR?
One thing is for sure; if we don’t make positive change then hundreds of other similar case that are ongoing in the UK will also, as with the case of Abu Qatada, be drawn out in the complexities of the laws we have created and continue to make a mockery of British justice at the expense of the taxpayer.
Now that Abu Qatada has left Britain do you think we need to overhaul Human Rights legislation? Leave your comments below.