Monday, 12 November 2012
Abu Qatada wins appeal against deportation

The radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada has won his latest legal challenge against being sent back to Jordan where he faces allegations of plotting bomb attacks.

The ruling by the special immigration appeals commission (Siac) is a major setback for the home secretary, Theresa May, who personally secured assurances from the Jordanian authorities that he would not face a trial based on evidence obtained by torture.

The Home Office expressed immediate disappointment, saying the judges had applied the wrong test: "The government strongly disagrees with this ruling. We have obtained assurances not just in relation to the treatment of Qatada himself, but about the quality of the legal processes that would be followed throughout his trial.

"Indeed, today's ruling found that the Jordanian judiciary, like their executive counterparts, are determined to ensure that the appellant will receive, and be seen to receive, a fair retrial'. We will therefore seek leave to appeal today's decision."

Qatada, who has waged a seven-year fight against his deportation, has previously been described by the British courts as "a truly dangerous individual at the centre in the United Kingdom of terrorist activities associated with al-Qaida".

The ruling is a blow to the home secretary's renewed strategy of deporting international terror suspects with diplomatic assurances about their future treatment. May travelled to Jordan to negotiate the fresh assurances, but without the legal backing of British judges the deportation cannot go ahead.

Now the work of the MOD Judicial Diversity team is coming to fruition in ensuring that the ranks of the judiciary are stuffed with women and men filled with a 'common purpose'.
Posted on 11/12/2012 7:08 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
12 Nov 2012
Send an emailMary Jackson

Pity someone can't just bump him off, but that's more of a Mo-style MO.

12 Nov 2012
Christina McIntosh

 Mary - maybe one of his ever-lovin' Mohammedan gang bros will bump him off ...either because one among them wants his job, or because somebody else decides that he is insufficiently Islamic or the wrong brand of Muslim.  I'd assume he's Sunni; there must be Shiites slinking about London as well.

James Parkes puts it so beautifully, in his book 'Whose Land?', when he comes to the Mamluk dynasty: "By intrigue and assassination they ascended the throne and by intrigue and assassination they perished".

12 Nov 2012
Christina McIntosh

 Over at jihadwatch, which was crossposting the 'Telegraph' version of this story, I came across this fascinating snippet of information.

"During a seven-day hearing last month, the commission heard evidence from Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards, who has studied Jordan's political situation for 25 years.

'She said Qatada remained a "controversial" figure in Jordan and a fair trial was unlikely."

If it was Prof Milton-Edwards' advice and counsel that helped swing the decision Abu Qatada's way, that is...interesting.

Prof Milton-Edwards has written a book on Hamas.  Prof Milton-Edwards has also written a book about what she is pleased to call 'a people's war': "The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: a People's War", and her views on the Poooor 'Palestinians' [tm] appear (judging from a few other things I trawled up from the net in a quick pass) to be exactly what one would expect.

12 Nov 2012
Christina McIntosh

 Pursuant to my remarks above.

Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards, who is so tenderly solicitous of the human rights of Abu Qatada, hangs round with Alastair Crooke and has co-authored with him on at least one occasion.