Islamist Abu Qatada cannot be deported from UK, rules human rights court
Abu Qatada, a radical Islamist cleric accused of supporting several terrorist groups including Al Qaeda, will remain in Britain after a ruling that he risks facing an unfair trial if deported. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled today that Britain could not deport Qatada – real name Omar Othman – to his native Jordan as the government had sought, since "there remains a real risk that evidence obtained by torture will be used against him."
Qatada has already been convicted in absentia of involvement in two terrorist bomb plots in Jordan, the BBC reported. He maintains that the evidence against him was obtained through the torture of his co-defendants, and sought asylum in Britain in 1993 after being tortured twice himself. (...)