Tuesday, November 13, 2012

UK, Jordan: Deportation of al-Qaeda Leader to Amman Jeopardized by UK Judiciary's Fear He Will be Tortured

Even though British Prime Minister David Cameron and Jordan's King Abdullah II reportedly have previously ironed out protocols as to how al-Qaeda leader Abu Qatada will be treated in Jordan if the UK deports him there, judges in London apparently have agreed to release Abu Qatyada on bail as early as tomorrow (November 14) over their concern that Abu Qatada AKA Omar Mahmoud Mohammed Othman could be tortured once he arrives in Amman.

COMMENT: It is ludicrous that Great Britain's judiciary is on the verge of releasing Abu Qatada on bail considering that Crown counsel have already made a very solid case that the defendant has a history of political violence. 

Specifically, Omar Mahmoud Mohammed Othman was convicted in Jordan stemming from terror plots in 1999 and 2000, and will face prosecution if deported to Amman. 

British government solicitors have also linked Abu Qatada to the 9/11/01 terror attacks in the US and with shoe bomber Richard Reid. Audio recordings of some of his sermons were found in an apartment in Hamburg, Germany, used by some of the September 11, 2001 hijackers.  

Additionally, both British and Spanish prosecutors have described Abu Qatada as a senior al-Qaeda leader in Europe who had close ties to the former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. 

As this posting is filed, Crown prosecutors have insisted that they will seek the most restrictive bail conditions for Abu Qatada if he is released in coming days. One would hope that he is placed under house arrest.  

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.