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.
U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May will make a statement in Parliament today on efforts to deport Islamic cleric Abu Qatada, who’s accused of links to al-Qaeda, to his native Jordan to face trial, her department said.
Home Secretary Theresa May said the U.K. government is examining ways to reclaim some of the legal costs it has incurred as a radical Islamic cleric, Abu Qatada, fights deportation to Jordan on terrorism-related charges.
A panel of five judges at the European Court of Human Rights will decide on May 9 whether it will reconsider the case of Muslim cleric Abu Qatada, which the U.K. wants to deport to Jordan to face terrorism charges.
When the European Court of Human Rights blocked the U.K. from deporting a radical Muslim cleric accused of terrorism, one British politician was so incensed he called on the government to give “two fingers” to the Strasbourg, France-based tribunal.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg contradicted his Conservative coalition partners, saying there is no current move for Britain to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights in order to deport a radical cleric.