Feb 19 2009
Radical Islamic preacher Abu Qatada has won $3,500 compensation from the European Court of Human Rights for his detention without trial in the UK.
The ruling was made by judges at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg who said Qatada’s detention without trial in the UK under anti-terrorism powers breached his human rights. It comes a day after the Law Lords ruled Qatada – once described as Osama bin Laden’s right-hand-man in Europe – could be deported to Jordan where he faces terror charges.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said she was “very disappointed” and had argued against awarding compensation. “These men have all been found by our courts to present a threat to our national security. We argued strongly to the European Court that compensation should not be awarded to such individuals.
Ten others detainees under the rules – none named by the court – also received similar cash awards. The men, who were arrested and taken to Belmarsh high security prison, were also handed costs of $76,000 – bringing the total bill to nearly $107,000.
Shami Chakrabarti, director of human rights group Liberty said the sums were “hardly hitting the jackpot.”
Judges said the payments which were “substantially lower” than awards granted in previous cases of “unlawful detention” because their detention was an attempt “to reconcile the need to protect the UK public against terrorism with the obligation not to send the applicants back to countries where they faced a real risk of ill-treatment”. (What??? Send the bastards back to face the treatment that you Euroscum don’t have the cojones to dish out)
“This decision will horrify most reasonable people in Britain,” said Chris Grayling, chief spokesman on home affairs for the opposition Conservative party. “Frankly, it makes a mockery of the concept of human rights if we can’t protect ourselves against people who are out to destroy our society.”
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