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. 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.
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.
Home Secretary Theresa May raised the possibility of prosecuting Abu Qatada, an Islamic cleric accused of links to al-Qaeda, in the U.K. after multiple efforts to deport him for trial in his home country of Jordan stalled.
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.