18th April 2012


I was delighted to hear the news that the Home Secretary is pressing ahead with the extradition of the radical Muslim cleric, Abu Qatada. Previous attempts to deport him to Jordan, to face charges of plotting terrorist attacks, had been blocked by the European Court of Human Rights on the grounds that he “might” face evidence obtained through torture.


Theresa May has now obtained assurances from the Jordanian Government that he will receive a fair trial, so the deportation can go ahead. This is excellent news. Abu Qatada is a preacher of hate who has publically offered support to those who kill innocent people. The European Court, in seeking to preserve his human rights, puts into jeopardy our rights to live in a safe and democratic society.


It isn`t at all surprising that Labour politicians are trying to downplay this success as the Home Secretary has finally achieved what her Labour counterparts failed to do for nearly a decade. Her success only underlines their failure.


I hope his return to Jordan takes place as soon as possible. Britain will be well rid of this intolerant addition to our society.

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