May 19 2010
Under the UK Human Rights Act, the judge said he could not deport Abid Naseer to Pakistan because he might be tortured.
A man described by a tribunal judge as a serious threat to national security has won his appeal to stay in Britain. Abid Naseer was arrested in April last year, along with several other men, on suspicion of being a ring leader planning a terror attack in the UK.
Two terror suspects, Abid Naseer and Ahmad Faraz Khan, successfully appealed against deportation to Pakistan. A special immigration court said Mr Naseer was an al-Qaeda operative, but neither man should be deported.
The two men were among 10 Pakistanis arrested last April as part of a massive counter-terrorism operation in Liverpool and Manchester. The security services believed the men were planning to attack within days of their arrest, but neither was charged.
On Tuesday the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) said it believed Mr Naseer, 23, posted a serious threat to national security. It found he had been sending e-mails to an “al-Qaeda operative” in Pakistan – the e-mails were said to be at the heart of a plot to bomb targets in north-west England. And it said Ahmad Faraz Khan, 23, had been a “knowing party” to the attack plan. But in both cases, Mr Justice Mitting said it would be wrong to return the men to Pakistan. BBC
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