British judges can imprison criminals convicted of serious offenses for their entire lives, a U.K. appeals court said, putting the country at odds with a European ruling that the sentences represent inhumane treatment.
The Islamic cleric known as Abu Qatada can’t be deported from the U.K. to Jordan to stand trial on terrorism charges until judges at the European Court of Human Rights decide whether to again take up his case, the court said.
Abu Qatada, the Islamic cleric the U.K. is trying to deport to Jordan on terror charges, will voluntarily return to his home country if the two governments adopt a treaty that guarantees him a fair trial.
Home Secretary Theresa May announced a deal with Jordan in a bid to extradite Islamic cleric Abu Qatada and said the U.K. may withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights to ensure his deportation.
U.K. officials arrested Islamic cleric Abu Qatada and told him he faces deportation to Jordan, as the government attempted to bypass a European court ruling stopping him being sent for trial on terrorism charges.
Abu Qatada, an Islamic cleric facing terrorism charges in his home country of Jordan, was deported to the Mideast nation today, U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May said in a statement on the official government website.