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Abu Qatada, a Muslim cleric once described by a Spanish judge as Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe, can be deported to Jordan despite his fears of torture, Britain’s top appeal court ruled Wednesday.

Jordanian Abu Qatada is one of a group of Arab men the government has been trying to deport on national security grounds, while acknowledging it does not have enough evidence to put them on trial.

The Law Lords ruling was a victory for the Home Office (interior ministry) in its long-running campaign to deport Qatada to Jordan, where he is wanted on terrorism charges, and overturns a previous Court of Appeal decision.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith welcomed the ruling, and said she would move immediately to deport him.[…]

The government has sought to counter rights groups’ fears of torture by securing special agreements with the countries concerned that deportees will not be ill-treated.

However, rights group Amnesty International still voiced concern that the ruling could be taken as a green light to deport people to countries where they could face mistreatment.
(full Al Arayiba report: UK wins legal battle to deport Jordanian cleric)

You can also read his profile at the Guardian:

In 1999, Qatada reportedly made a speech advocating the killing of Jews and attacks on Americans, and said there was no difference between English people, Jews and Americans.

Amnesty International has once again proven itself useless. Standing up for the scum of the earth.

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