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.


Talk about using a wheel to crush a butterfly. CPS is going over the top again and again at the moment, stretching the law. Which is why 42 days detention is so scary. “proportionate” CPS….can you people even spell the word?

We used to have cautions and binding over to keep the peace for the silly , naive and misguided. Now we seem to want to create a martyr a day, and all our previous experience warns us against doing this. It simply recruits for the bad guys.

Suppose the Sun will see the case differently


Suspects alleged to belong to the Tambov gang, based in St. Petersburg. Arms trafficking, money laundering, contract killing, drug trafficking and tax fraud. Been operating in Spain for 10 years, allegedly. German US and Russian police assisting the investigation.


This is the original Washington Post article that today’s earlier post refers to. It alleges that the computers belonging to Swiss businessmen, contained designs for a much smaller warhead than had been provided to Libya and one that several other countries would have the technology to deliver. The full Albright Report should be published later this week


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