New hurdle in UK bid to deport cleric

2012-04-18 21:21

Paris - A spokesperson for Europe's human rights court says radical cleric Abu Qatada is appealing Britain's move to deport him to Jordan.

Celine Menu-Lange says the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg received Qatada's appeal late on Tuesday. Menu-Lange says the court's January ruling that Qatada could not be deported remains in effect pending his appeal.

The court blocked his deportation because of a risk that evidence obtained through torture would be used against him in Jordan.

British authorities have long tried to expel the Palestinian-Jordanian preacher described in both Spanish and British courts as a leading al-Qaeda figure in Europe.

Qatada was convicted in his absence in Jordan of terrorist offences related to two alleged bomb plots in 1999 and 2000, and he faces a retrial if deported.

  • David Guest - 2012-04-19 07:21

    what is wrong with this world....if it is alleged that he has done these terrible attacks then he must be deported to face his retrial??surely??if he is innocent then has nothing to hide or worry about..deport him!

  • ludlowdj - 2012-04-19 10:39

    The EU has shot itself in the foot and must now live with the consequences of its folly. You have effectively changes laws to protect the rich as well as government and must now live with those that seek your death among you. Justice is sweet.

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