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.