March 27, 2013
A court in Britain has thwarted the government’s efforts to deport Abu Qatada, a radical Islamist cleric who is wanted on terrorism charges in Jordan. The court argues his right to a fair trial in Jordan is in jeopardy.
The announcement from the three judges of Britain’s Court of Appeal on Wednesday stated that while they consider Qatada to be dangerous, his right to a fair trial under the European Convention on Human Rights could not be guaranteed.
There are concerns that some statements from witnesses who were subject to torture may be used in his trial, which would make his deportation illegal according to European law.