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Theresa May's New Bid To Boot Out Abu Qatada
Home Secretary Theresa May is making another attempt today to have radical preacher Abu Qatada deported from Britain - just days after he was arrested for allegedly breaching his bail conditions.
Three Court of Appeal judges led by Lord Dyson, the Master of the Rolls, will hear Ms May's challenge.
In November last year, the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) decided Qatada could not lawfully be deported to Jordan, where he was convicted of terror charges in his absence in 1999.
Siac judges ruled there was a danger that evidence from Qatada's former co-defendants Abu Hawsher and Al Hamasher, said to have been obtained by torture, could be used against him in a retrial in Jordan.
They said: "The Secretary of State has not satisfied us that, on a retrial, there is no real risk that the impugned statements of Abu Hawsher and Al Hamasher would be admitted probatively against the appellant."
Ms May immediately pledged to appeal and told the Commons that Jordan had given assurances about its legal processes.
She described Qatada as "a dangerous man, a suspected terrorist, who is accused of serious crime in his home country of Jordan".
The hearing comes after Qatada was arrested on Friday for the alleged breach of his bail conditions.
Mr Justice Irwin ordered on Saturday that he should remain in custody after hearing "strong prima facie evidence" that mobile phones or communications equipment had been switched on in his house.
Qatada was born in Bethlehem in the West Bank at a time when it was occupied by Jordan.
He was granted bail following the ruling by three Siac judges and released from HMP Long Lartin, returning to his family home in northwest London.
However, on Friday he was returned to Belmarsh prison where he is due to remain in custody ahead of a further bail hearing on March 21.
Qatada's wife and five children recently won an injunction preventing protesters from demonstrating outside their house.
He has used human rights laws to fight deportation for several years, running up a legal bill unofficially estimated at over £500,000.
Today, Ms May's lawyers will attempt to convince Lord Dyson, sitting with Lord Justice Elias and Lord Justice Richards, that the latest Siac decision is legally flawed and Qatada can at last be safely sent to Jordan.
Pointing to the case of Qatada, Ms May promised on Saturday that a Conservative government would scrap the Human Rights Act.
She suggested to Tory activists that the European Court of Human Rights was restricting Britain's ability to act in the national interest and accused Strasbourg of constantly moving the goalposts on Qatada's deportation.
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what do you think?
Let us hope she has better luck this time. The sooner Britain is rid of this man and others like him, the better and safer we shall all be..........
d and d Phillips
What are the odds that Mr Smirk will be back on the streets before the 21st?
Theresa May is walking in the footsteps of Maggie Thatcher ... Maggie created a big war story for the British Public... Theresa is conceiving a plot to keep this man out and save the British public from this terrorist even though there is no proof of this man being a terrorist... which is why the courts threw her case out! Good going Theresa, like minded people will definitely vote for you!
She could do with a shave !