Classifieds | Archives | Jobs | About TGT | Contact | Subscribe
 | 
Last updated 0 minute ago
Printer Friendly Version | TGT@Twitter | RSS Feed |
HOME LOCAL MIDEAST ASIA WORLD BUSINESS SPORT OPINION WRITERS
Abu Qatada loses commission appeal for bail
May 21, 2013
 Print    Send to Friend

LONDON: Hard-line cleric Mahmoud Othman (Abu Qatada) Abu Qatada has been refused bail after “jihadist material” was found on a computer memory stick.

The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) refused the application from Abu Qatada, who was locked up in Belmarsh prison in March after allegedly breaching a bail condition which prevents him from turning mobile phones on in his house.

Abu Qatada, who recently promised to voluntarily leave the UK after years fighting deportation, must remain in custody after the immigration judge’s  ruling.

In handing down its ruling, the court said: “We regard these breaches as serious. It was the appellant’s obligation to understand the conditions of bail and ensure they were adhered to.

“A serious matter relating to the breaches of bail was revealed during the hearing. “In his witness statement, the appellant assured the commission that nothing would be found on any of these items other than schoolwork or other innocent material.

“This assurance has proved untrue. Significant jihadist material has been found on a USB stick seized.”

The court also said there was “no doubt about the national security threat” Abu Qatada poses to Britain.

“The essence of that is promulgation of his views in support of violence, and the potential effect on others of that promulgation,” it said.

“This appellant has in the past fled in order to avoid a court order, equipping himself with a false passport.

“He is highly intelligent, has a range of sympathetic and supportive contacts, and his risk to national security is undiminished.

“We reject the submission that he can, even now, be relied on to comply with his legal obligations and not to attempt to abscond.”

lier Siac hearing, Abu Qatada’s lawyer Edward Fitzgerald said his vow to return removed any risk that he would abscond if released on bail.

Abu Qatada is also being investigated by Scotland Yard over suspected extremist material found during the search of his home.

The Metropolitan Police passed on the material to Danish authorities to reportedly investigate a connection with a controversial publisher.

Copenhagen police said they had subsequently arrested a man, who is understood to be Said Mansour, a Moroccan-born Dane who was jailed for three and a half years in 2007 for promoting “terrorism.”

Agencies
 

Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Comments
 
Post a comment
 
Name:
Country:
City:
Email:
Comment:
 
    
    
Related Stories
Missing Becky’s body parts found, kin ‘devastated’
LONDON: The family of Becky Watts have said they are “devastated” after police searching for the missing teenager found some body parts at an address in Bristol. In a..
Brooks likely to join News Corp again: Source
LONDON: Rebekah Brooks, the former Rupert Murdoch protegee cleared last year of running an illegal campaign to hack into phones for tabloid scoops, is in talks to return ..
Emwazi contemplated suicide in 2010, says report
LONDON: The London man believed to be Daesh executioner “Jihadi John” told a journalist four years ago that surveillance by British security services had left him contemp..
Man with baby stabs police officer in head
LONDON: A police officer has been stabbed in the head after confronting a man who took hold of a baby. A man, 20, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder an..
Glitter jailed 16 years for sex attacks on schoolgirls
LONDON: Glam rock star Gary Glitter has been jailed for 16 years at Southwark Crown Court for a string of historic sex attacks on three schoolgirls. Glitter, real name..
 
FRONTPAGE
 
GALLERY
 
PANORAMA
 
TIME OUT
 
SPORT
 
 
Advertise | Copyright