HOME SECRETARY AGAIN TRIES TO DEPORT ABU QATADA – I am beginning to wonder when the movie of this saga will be released and hope that Abu Qatada is not the recipient of any of its proceeds.
For over 10 years the British Government have been embroiled in a battle with the British and European Courts in what seems like a never ending battle to have Abu Qatada deported to Jordan.
On the last few attempts, that has cost the taxpayer millions in court fees and welfare payments to the known terrorist, each as failed due to the Human Rights Act 1998 and interference from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg.
Now again the Home Secretary, Theresa May, who has vowed to do whatever it takes to get him out of Britain, has asked the Court of Appeal to allow a hearing in the Supreme Court.
There are fears that if the Court of Appeal allows such a hearing and that the Supreme Court upholds recent judgments this could be the last time the Home Secretary will be able to deport him.
The courts, in all recent cases, have admitted that Abu Qatada is, as the Government defines him, an ‘extremely dangerous’ man. However, as with all the court appearance before the courts have made clear that this is not about whether Abu Qatada poses an extreme danger to the British public but rather how his ‘human rights’ will be violated by the Jordanian Authorities.
Abu Qatada is wanted by the Jordanians for his involvement in a number of terrorist activities that have taken the lives of many innocent people. It is widely known that the Jordanian Authorities use interrogation methods that are banned under international law as these include a number of methods of torture.
Abu Qatada’s defence has always been that before fleeing Jordan they obtained a confession to a number of terrorist attacks through torture and if he is returned these will be used as evidence against him.
The Home Secretary has been working with Jordanian Officials in order to receive conformation that no such evidence will be used and that Abu Qatada will not be tortured in order to extract a confession.
It was in March 2013 that Appeal Court judges ruled that Abu Qatada, also known as Omar Othman, could not be deported, regardless of the internal threat he poses, based on the evidence that he would be mistreated and unlikely to receive a fair trial by the Jordanians.
“We have today asked the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal its recent decision on Abu Qatada to the Supreme Court.” Home Office Spokesman
While the Government remains fully committed to deporting Abu Qatada, this could be the last time they get to try. If Abu Qatada’s other rulings are upheld then he will be allowed to stay in the United Kingdom a free man and remain living off the taxpayer for the rest of his natural life.
The Government has, it announced, been working closely with the Jordanians in order to appease the courts.
It has been this case, above all others, that has promoted such disdain towards the Human Rights Act 1998 concocted and put into law by Tony Blair and his Labour Government. Add this to the failings of the Borders Act 2007 and the UK is now open to every criminal and terrorist on the planet and all with the benefits of being financially supported by the taxpayer.
The Home Secretary has already broken up the Borders Agency for its failing to control immigration and has further vowed to scrap the Human Rights Act 1998 and pull out of the ECHR so that criminals and terrorists can be deported with ease.
Unfortunately while the Conservative Government would like to implement these it is their Coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats, who are blocking any such changes.
It really is a sorry state of affairs when you have a known terrorist not only living among us but supported by us – the very people Abu Qatada would love to kill in the name of Islamic jihad. It is unquestionable that the British public wants him OUT and in my view the only way to really achieve this is for the Government to provide its citizens with a democratic referendum to change the law immediately which will see him deported within days.
Government should NOT be allowed to make these decisions on the changes of the law because often these are hampered by one party or another for various reasons. A democratic referendum on the Human Rights Act and pulling out of the ECHR will quickly see the end to the likes of Abu Qatada and every other criminal and terrorist living within the UK.
If this appeal fails, and many feel it will, then the British public must call for either a referendum so that it can change the law or a General Election so that the British public can vote in a party that will provide democracy in what is perceived as a democratic society.