Abu Qatada: Theresa May accused of giving in to Europe
HOME Secretary Theresa May was yesterday accused of “craven
surrender” to European judges over bids to deport hate preacher Abu
Qatada from Britain.
In a blistering attack, MP Mark Reckless said Mrs May, also a Conservative, had put herself before the Court of Human Rights instead of using a UK ruling that the Islamist fanatic must be sent packing.
Qatada, 51, once labelled “Osama Bin Laden’s right hand man in Europe”, has successfully avoided deportation to Jordan to face terror charges for the past eight years.
A Special Immigration Appeals Commission last year used human rights grounds to block another Home Office bid to get rid of him.
The Commission found there was a risk he would not get a fair trial in Jordan because evidence against him was gained using torture.
Its judgment last November effectively upheld a European Court of Human Rights ruling from earlier that year.
Mr Reckless blasted Mrs May’s continued failure to get rid of Qatada saying she should rely on a House of Lords ruling from 2009 which said that even under human rights laws he could be kicked out.