CAMERON WARNS CLEGG NOT TO BLOCK PLANS TO DEPORT ABU QATADA – David Cameron last night warned his Coalition partner and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg not to block a potential move to temporarily pull out of the European Court on Human Rights (ECHR) in a bid to finally be able to deport Abu Qatada back to his home country of Jordan.
The question is ‘will pulling out of the ECHR, even on a temporary basis, is sufficient in allowing the government to deport Qatada?’
Cabinet Office Minister, Kenneth Clarke, has suggested that this would not be sufficient because our own Human Rights Act would prevent such an act if there is the slightest risk that Qatada would be tortured in Jordan in order to garner a confession to his terrorist activities which would ultimately secure the death penalty.
David Cameron has made it clear to Nick Clegg that any opposition to the plan would damage his reputation with the public as he will be seen as the man who block an attempt to rid the UK of a known terrorist and someone that is costing the taxpayer millions of pounds each year in benefits and police surveillance and protection.
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, after the defeat to deport Qatada yesterday in the Supreme Court, laid out a new treaty with the Jordanian Government which she believes would allow a UK Court to permit a deportation order.
The meeting yesterday, with the Home Secretary, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling and Attorney General Dominic Grieve produced mixed views with Dominic Grieve opposing any move to pull out of the ECHR regardless as to whether it was a temporary move or not. The view remains that the British Government should not simply opt-in and opt-out as it feels necessary for its own end and that the law must be upheld – regardless to the consequences.
There are some who question Kenneth Clarke’s idea that UK Common Law would prevent deportation as Common Law can be overruled by the Law of Equity. It was James I that implemented Equity stating; “If Common Law and Equity ever shall come into direct conflict then Equity must always prevail.” It was a move that was to see ‘fairness’ applied to court rulings and one that many feel has not been used in this particular case as a sound argument to deport Qatada.
Regardless of the opposition Cameron is reported as being ‘deadly serious’ on the issue of temporarily pulling out of the ECHR if the court refuses to accept a new treaty between the UK and Jordan that would ensure that no evidence would be used against Qatada that was obtained through torture.
In the House of the Home Secretary announced that a new treaty had been struck with Jordan that would ‘guarantee a fair trial’ and this will reassure the UK courts that no evidence will be used where torture was used to gain any such evidence or confession to any criminal acts.
There is no question that the British public is tired of criminals, especially foreign ones, being able to stay and be supported by the taxpayer due to the interference of the ECHR and our own crippling Human Rights Act. There is a growing number of Tory MP’s who feel that Strasbourg judges should be ignored, the Human Rights Act scrapped and positive moves be made to systematically deport criminals and prevent them from ever being able to return to the UK.
The stark truth is that even if the courts allow such a deportation order Qatada and his legal team will be given leave to fight any such deportation. This process could take months and yet again the taxpayer will foot the bill.
There is an unquestionable need to change the laws that prevent the deportation of criminals. It would not be unreasonable to pull out of the ECHR permanently and further more scrap the Human Rights Act, both of which are preventing Qatada’s deportation. What the UK needs is a law that will provide ‘swift justice’ where foreign criminals can be deported without the suffocating reams of red tape that is currently used to counteract common sense.
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