Hate preacher be­hind bars for Olympics


JUDGES took less than five min­utes yes­ter­day to rule that rad­i­cal preacher Abu Qatada should stay be­hind bars dur­ing the Olympics.

Af­ter a High Court hear­ing, Lord Jus­tice Hughes and Mr Jus­tice Sil­ber re­fused Qatada ( above) per­mis­sion to chal­lenge his de­ten­tion by Home Sec­re­tary Theresa May.

Lawyers for Qatada, re­ferred to in le­gal doc­u­ments as Omar Oth­man, ar­gued that his de­ten­tion should be ruled “un­law­ful” and that it was “the long­est pe­riod of ad­min­is­tra­tive de­ten­tion in mod­ern English his­tory.”

Mr Jus­tice Mit­ting at the Spe­cial Im­mi­gra­tion Ap­peals Com­mis­sion ruled two months ago that Qatada’s de­ten­tion, who is fight­ing de­por­ta­tion to Jor­dan, was law­ful.

Ed­ward Fitzger­ald QC, for Qatada, told the court yes­ter­day that fur­ther de­ten­tion was “un­war­ranted”.

He also ac­cused May of “scram­bling des­per­ately” for fur­ther as­sur­ances from Jor­dan that Qatada would get a fair trial.

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