Wednesday, November 14, 2012

UK, Jordan: Analysis--Radical Cleric Released on Bail, Despite Crown Objections

As a follow-up to my posting of yesterday (November 13), al-Qaeda leader and radical cleric Abu Qatada, 52, AKA Omar Mahmoud Mohammed Othman, was released on bail  late yesterday, thanks to the European Court of Human Rights, which feared that the extremist would be tortured if deported to his native Jordan.

Fortunately, though, his bail is not without conditions: His restrictions include a sixteen-hour curfew, electronic tagging, a ban on Internet usage and prohibitions against consorting with specified persons.

COMMENT: Sadly, by so unifying the EU in every aspect of European life, European countries have ceased to have their own individual identity, particularly when it comes to jurisprudence.

By permitting the European Court to dictate how the UK will interact and operate vis-á-vis its relations with other countries, the British government has incurred domestic legal costs amounting to US$1.6 million (or 1 million pounds) on behalf of taxpayers over the past seven years in its effort to deport Abu Qatada.

Considering how "joined at the hip" the EU actually is, why not consider trying Abu Qatada in a neutral country within the EU where the concern for Jordanian torture is moot?

As is often said, any legal procedure or concept which has been the product of a EU negotiation, should be negotiable.