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London: Convicted terrorist set free to walk the streets

Convicted terrorist now free to walk the streets.
Convicted terrorist now free to walk the streets.
HM's Prison - Belmarsh.

Convicted terrorist may have his human rights violated...

The individual who was once described by a British judge as "Osama Bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe" has just been freed back onto the streets of London, as published today by the Daily Mail (of London, England).

The British government has been attempting to deport Abu Qatada back to his native Jordan since 2001, but has been continually stymied by both British courts and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) located in Strasbourg, France.

Qatada was found guilty in absentia by the Jordanian government on terrorism charges and was subsequently sentenced to life in prison at hard labor.

However, a British Special Immigration Appeals Commission agreed yesterday with the earlier ECHR ruling that if sent back to Jordan, Qatada's human rights would be in jeopardy.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is reporting;

"Judge John Mitting said he was not convinced the cleric would receive a fair trial [in Jordan], despite the government's insistence that it has won assurances from Jordan over how Abu Qatada's case would be handled — including from Jordan's King Abdullah II."

Earlier this year, the ECHR overturned a British court ruling that the deportation was correct and legal.

The basis for the ECHR ruling was based on the decision that if deported, Qatada's human rights would be violated.

Dubbed "The Preacher of Hate" by the British media, Qatada is now free to walk the streets of London "between 8am and 4pm on condition he wears an electronic tag."

The Cost To The British Taxpayers...

Since Her Majesty's government has been tied up in the court system with Qatada, it's been estimated he's cost the British taxpayers an estimated £3 million ($5.5 million) in legal and prison costs, welfare benefits and other payouts.

Now residing in North London with his wife and five children, Qatada pulls in government handouts reportedly totaling £1,000 ($1,500) a month.

The British people will also now have to pay £million ($7.5 million) a year for 24-hour surveillance, as well as the government making all payments for translation from Arabic of all the calls he makes from his home in order to monitor his communications.

As published in the Daily Mail, via Examiner.com earlier this year:

THE CASE AGAINST ABU QATADA

  • Osama bin Laden's ambassador in Europe
  • Stopped by British police in 2001 with £170,000 in cash, including £805 in an envelope marked 'For the mujahedin in Chechnya'
  • Links to Egyptian Islamic Jihad through bin Laden's number two, Ayman Al-Zawahiri
  • Spiritual leader to Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, Al-Qaeda's now dead leader in Iraq, responsible for sickening acts including the beheading of Ken Bigley
  • Provided advice to Rachid Ramda, extradited to France for involvement in the 1995 Paris Metro bombing
  • Videos of his sermons found in the Hamburg flat of Mohammed Atta, one of the September 11 hijackers
  • Close links to Khaled Al Fawwaz, bin Laden's representative in the UK until arrested for the East African bombings in 1998
  • Ties to Abu Doha, whose Frankfurt terror cell was caught in possession of chemicals, firearms and explosives
  • Associate of Abu Dahdah, leader of 11 extremists arrested in Spain in November 2001
  • Labelled a ' truly dangerous individual' by a special immigration court
  • Reportedly made a speech in 1999 advocating the killing of Jews
  • Convicted in absence by Jordan of terrorist activities, and the Millennium bomb plot
  • Suspected of plotting to flee to Lebanon while on immigration bail

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