A hate cleric described as Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe could be released in months after a court ruled he could not be deported from the UK.
In a blow to British government, radical Muslim, Abu Qatada was told by the European Court of Human Rights he would not have to go back to Jordan where he has been convicted of terror charges in his absence and may even walk free some time in the spring.
The UK now has three months in which to appeal against the ruling, but if the government does not do this, Qatada – once described as ‘a truly dangerous individual’ – could walk free.
This is because he is not currently facing trial in Britain and has not been convicted in accordance with UK law..
European judges ruled that he could not be deported because ‘there remains a real risk that evidence obtained by torture will be used against him’ and he would not receive a fair trial.