Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Abu Qatada loses bid for release

Two high court judges have dismissed a fresh attempt by the radical Islamist preacher Abu Qatada to be released from a maximum-security prison on bail pending his deportation back to Jordan.

Lawyers for Qatada claimed that the seven years he has spent in detention was the longest in English legal history and his continued detention was no longer justified.

Lord Justice Hughes, sitting with Mr Justice Silber, said, however, the court was "quite satisfied" that Qatada's application for judicial review and a writ of habeas corpus should be dismissed.

After the decision was announced, lawyers for Qatada indicated they would consider taking the case to the court of appeal once they had seen the court's reasons for its ruling.

Qatada faces a fresh high court hearing in October over whether he can be deported to Jordan to face trial on terrorism charges, after the Special Immigrations Appeals Commission (Siac) ruled in May that releasing him during the Olympic Games would be "exceptionally problematic" for the police and security services. Read More