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Court rejects Qatada’s bid for freedom

31 July 2012

2:15 PM

31 July 2012

2:15 PM

Abu Qatada has just lost his bid in the High Court to be released from prison immediately. He had tried to argue that it was a breach of his human rights to be held in prison ahead of the court hearing in October which will decide whether he should be deported to Jordan to face terror charges. But at today’s hearing, Lord Justice Hughes and Mr Justice Silber dismissed the radical cleric’s application for a judicial review.

This is obviously a relief for the government right now as Qatada was pressing for release with immediate effect, which would have meant he was a free man during the Olympics when security and intelligence services are already stretched.

But this was only a hearing addressing whether Qatada can be released while he awaits the final decision on his deportation in October, which is the real battle facing the Home Office. Beyond that, David Cameron still faces pressure from his backbench MPs about what they see as the source of this mess: the European Court of Human Rights.

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  • AY

    UK is already half-drown in the banality of life next to terrorists, as
    qatada case – another declaration of muslim privilege, impunity and
    invincibility – clearly shows.

    this is a result of quiet work of oil money, growing numbers of uniformed muslims on the streets, and their increasingly triumphalist stance to unbelievers.

    another reason is inadequate response to 7/7.
    the response should have been – immediate full stop of muslim immigration, all-out ban of islam in the UK, and sending extra 52 infantry battalions to afghanistan, with instructions to destroy as many taliban orks as possible.
    instead, somebody took conscious decision to capitulate to terror.
    this country lives under shadow of that treason.

  • Gerry Dorrian

    Good decision. But why on earth is he still here, when a non-Muslim guilty of the same abuses would have been kicked out or imprisoned and the key thrown away? It’s time to end the two-tier system!

  • Hexhamgeezer

    It’s such a difficult question. Who to hate more, Qatada or Cameron? Ones a devious shifty bastard who supports an anti-democratic alien ideology and the other’s a foreign terrorist.

  • Daniel Maris

    Did anyone hear the very worrying interview with Lord Chief Justice Phillips – the departing head of the Supreme Court – saying that there was now a new doctrine: that judges would strike down legislation if it was held to be of a character that it might prompt social revolution. What the hell does that mean? Parliament can’t pass an act if it provokes a riot or it can’t abolish the monarchy or confiscate lands from aristocrats? Or – more sinisterly, it can’t pass legislation to withdraw from the shackles of human rights treaties? It can’t outlaw Sharia courts? This is really an appalling new doctrine that confirms my worst fears about the way democracy is being dismantled in this country. It was a radio interview – I can’t find it on Google but if anyone has a link to it, I would be grateful.

  • Donafugata

    We should simply do as the French and Italians do with their unwanted visitors, deport regardless.

    The fine is € 14,000, worth every centime and, in Qatada’s case, a bargain.

    • Noa

      Who pays the fine? The Deportee?

  • John_Page

    The UK provides too many layers of public funded appeals, judicial reviews etc. What can we learn from France, which doesn’t have these problems? Lord Falconer remarked on Daily Politics a few months ago that the UK has a policy of providing access to its courts. We spend too much money on people like Qatada.

  • tele_machus

    Forget Qatada, we are in the community of nations and we like the rest of Europe should bow to the rule of law.
    As I have said before, dictatorship is easier but too many people get shot

    • Noa

      “the rule of law”.
      The very concept of which you display no understanding whatsover, in a comment as arid in creative thought as it is rich in totalitarian thunkspeak.

    • dorothy wilson

      It is the people like Qatada and the grotesque lawyers who support them that make a mockery of the rule of law. As John Page writes the UK provides far too much legal aid to such people.

    • Fergus Pickering

      But the pint is that other countries don’t bow to the rule of law nd deport regardless. Do they or don’t they, telemachus?

      • telemachus

        We’re British and must show these folk

    • Ostrich (occasionally)

      “too many people get shot”
      So what is it that worries you? That you might constitute one of those ‘too many people’?

    • Hexhamgeezer

      ‘too many people get shot’? You worried your trigger finger might get cramp?

  • Noa

    This interminable farce has long since ceased to have any humourous element.
    Its main purpose is now to show the gross ineptitude of our political and justice systems and to demonstrate our national humiliation to a laughing and contemptuous world.

    • tele_machus

      OK wise guy
      What’s your solution

      • Noa

        Obviously you didn’t understand my post, tellywubble, but no surprise there.

    • Halcyondaze2

      Couldn’t agree more. This is a clear advert to the world of how our once great nation has been hobbled and brought down by the self-hating, anti-British, left wing elite who have seized control of all our institutions. We are a joke, the dustbin of the world, with neither the will nor the ability to stand up for ourselves. God help our children when they are the minority in the land their fore-fathers fought so hard to defend. And you won’t see the aforementioned elite for dust.