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|Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:42 am Post subject: ITALY THROWS OUT TERRORIST WHY CANT WE ?
|How to get tough with a terrorist: As UK agonises over Qatada, Italy simply ignores Euro judges and kicks out fanaticWe can't reverse Italy's deportation of terrorist to Tunisia, admits ECHR
Tory MP leads calls for Britain to follow suit with hate cleric Abu Qatada
By Jack Doyle
PUBLISHED: 23:35, 27 March 2012 | UPDATED: 23:37, 27 March 2012
Radical preacher: Unlike Italy, Britain has dithered over deporting Abu Qatada (above) because of a judgement blocking the move by the European Court of Human Rights
For years, successive governments have insisted that extremist preacher Abu Qatada cannot be kicked out of Britain, claiming it would breach his human rights.
Perhaps we should have looked to Italy as an example.
Yesterday the European Court of Human Rights admitted it is effectively powerless to intervene in the case of a convicted terrorist deported from Italy.
Although the Strasbourg court ordered that compensation be paid to Mohamed Mannai, who was sent home to Tunisia in 2010 in breach of a court order, officials said they are unable to force Italy to take him back.
A spokesman said: ‘Once the applicant has been deported there is nothing much we can do because he is in Tunisia, a country that is not part of the European Court of Human Rights.’
Last night, the ruling prompted calls for ministers to follow Italy’s example and deport Qatada.
The Government has argued the radical Islamist – described by a judge as Osama Bin Laden’s right hand man in Europe – cannot be removed to his home country of Jordan because of an ECHR judgment.
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The court’s judges said Qatada could not hope to receive a fair trial there because it would likely be based on evidence obtained by torture.
But Dominic Raab, Tory MP for Esher and Walton, said: ‘The Italian and French governments have a track record of ignoring Strasbourg in deportation cases where there is a risk of torture with precious little consequence.
Flawed ruling: Conservative MP Dominic Raab (above) says Britain should send Qatada back to Jordan immediately
‘In the Qatada case, Strasbourg went well beyond existing human rights law. Having bent over backwards to accommodate this flawed ruling, we now need to put him on a flight to Jordan without delay.’
Mannai was jailed for five years and four months in October 2006 after he and two other men, thought to be linked to radical group Ansar al-Islam, were convicted of terror charges.
In negotiations: But Home Secretary Theresa May has repeatedly refused to say if she will defy Strasbourg's judges
Police said the cell planned attacks in Italy and brainwashed recruits to act as suicide bombers. After Mannai’s conviction, the Milan court said he should be deported at the end of his sentence.
However, the ECHR ordered Italy to block the deportation while it considered if sending him home would breach his human rights.
Despite this order, within months of finishing his sentence in February 2010, Mannai had been put on a plane back to Tunisia.
Yesterday the ECHR criticised the Italian government for ignoring its earlier ruling and ordered it to pay Mannai 15,000 euros (£12,500) plus expenses.
The Council of Europe has also written to the Italian government, saying it is ‘deeply concerned’ by its actions.
Italy took similar steps in June 2008 when it ignored a court ruling and sent convicted terrorist Ben Khemais back to Tunisia.
The Home Secretary is currently negotiating with the Jordanian government to get assurances that Qatada would be given a fair trial.
Last week Theresa May refused five times in an interview to say whether she would defy Strasbourg judges and return the hate preacher.
However, she insisted she wanted to find a way to deport Qatada so the Government was ‘not required by any court’ to take him back.
A Whitehall official last night pointed out that while Mannai had been deported as his case was still pending, a final judgment had been made with regards to Qatada.
Government lawyers fear that any attempt at removing him would therefore be in contempt of court.
I just wished someone in this Country had the guts to do what is right for once and kick this Man & His Family out. Why is it we seem to be the only Country in the World who have Elected Politicians that have no say n the running of the Country. What is the point of these 650 so called MP's and several hundred more "Lords & Ladies" being paid huge amounts of money in salaries and expenses when they have such contempt for the Electorate and do not have the best interests of the Country at heart. Labour, Tories, Liberals they are all in it together. They are all the same, promise the earth when they want to get into power once in they do as they like.
With the government we have, which is the EU, we have no rights at all but to do as we are told, but you can change this if you wanted to but you wont your brain-washed to be an EU slave.