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BBC Apologises To Queen After Hamza Breach
The BBC has been forced to issue an apology to Buckingham Palace after it revealed the details of a confidential conversation held between the Queen and a correspondent.
Earlier, the broadcaster's security correspondent Frank Gardner recalled a conversation he had with Her Majesty about her concerns over the UK's inability to arrest the radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza.
In the interview on Radio 4, he described how the Queen told him she had previously raised the issue with a senior cabinet minister, during the Labour government.
"This is a conversation we had a little while ago and she did say that she had mentioned to - I don't know which home secretary it was at the time - that was there not some law he had broken?" Mr Gardner said.
"I wouldn't say she was necessarily lobbying, that's not for me to say, but like anybody she was upset that her country and her subjects had been denigrated by this man who was using this country as a platform for his very violent, hateful views."
Officials said on Monday that Hamza can be extradited to the US after Europe's human rights judges rejected his request for an appeal.
The decision means Hamza, who was jailed for seven years for soliciting to murder and inciting racial hatred, can now be extradited with four others, including terror suspect Babar Ahmad.
In a letter to Buckingham Palace, the broadcaster said the conversation should have remained private and Mr Gardner apologised for the breach of confidence.
A BBC spokesman said: "This morning on the Today programme, our correspondent Frank Gardner revealed details of a private conversation which took place some years ago with the Queen.
"The conversation should have remained private and the BBC and Frank deeply regret this breach of confidence. It was wholly inappropriate. Frank is extremely sorry for the embarrassment caused and has apologised to the palace."
The palace and Home Office have declined to comment on the apology so far.
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what do you think?
Captain Hook is going away, doo dah, doo dah Supermax in the USA Happy Happy Day.
He`s going ? why isn`t he gone ?
I will believe it when it happens!
Why wait another few weeks, just put him and those like him on a ruddy plane NOW and get him out of the UK and off our hands!!!
Cant hurt his feelings hes got to skank more benefits make sure his family are wealthy and brief his number 2 to carry on his work give him a plank a mile long 1 ore and set gire to one end then send him on his merry way
*fire not gire lol **
Jan N Andy Oakley-Hills
Now - no more waiting around, lining the lawyers pockets!
Hang on hang on isn't he going to appeal? ? Oh sorry I forgot he has already has about a dozen times.his entourage and legal costs run into millions can't we send them with him??. Perhaps our head of state should overall some of terresa may's rulings. Queen Victoria did
I didn't know Theresa May was that old...
Lorgar My point was our queen wasn't happy with him being in our country,as head of state she can overall a pm queen Victoria did on several occasions,but the Windsors just let our Muppet show get on with it
The Queen doesn't have the same power as Queen Victoria did to "overrule", Robert!
I Spy with my one remaining eye .......
Wouldn't surprise me in the least if - and its a big ' if ' - he is sent to the US will he continue to receive benefits in his absence - because you can bet your bottom euro that some smart ar*e lawyer is working on the possibility right now !
Is there any one on this forum who will speak up and ask him to stay or are Liberals only found in the Civil Service or House of Commons ?
So Betty Windsor has had her cover blown. Pretending to be non-political, what a load of nonsense. However, Betty, I do agree with you. Why wasn't he arrested, tried and sentenced years ago. He's been allowed to exercise his hate crimes for too long.
Hurray....hurray its a happy happy day.....god bless the yanks........!!!!!