ABU QATADA BAILED
This, on the other hand, is much more serious, although it is not clear why he cannot be put on trial. There has to be a problem proving him guilty of an offence. The mistake appears to have been made when someone decided to deport him rather than put him on trial. The judges have disagreed with the means the politicians tried to rush through, but the authorities allege there is a real problem with Abu Qatada. All the papers call him Osama bin Laden’s right hand man, but only the Guardian tells us that the quote is from a Spanish judge, not a UK security report. The problem goes back to David Blunkett and Charles Clarke’s macho posturing for the redtops.
Is he guilty of inciting terrorism? Then put him on trial. We have appropriate offences on the statute book. If he is only guilty of saying unpleasant things, then that its not an offence. Incitement to violence is an offence.