Abu Qatada, the man once described as Osama bin Laden\’s right hand man in Europe, was pictured out walking the streets on the third anniversary of the 7/7 terror bombings.
A man convicted of nothing is allowed to roam the streets.
He was released from Long Lartin high security jail in Worcestershire jail last month after the Government failed to have him deported to Jordan where he is wanted for terrorism offences.
The Appeal Court ruled that Qatada would not get a fair trial in Jordan because statements against him may have been extracted by torture.
And will you look at that: not only have we not convicted him of anything, nor will we allow him to be tried where the process could be described as dodgy!
He may indeed be a bad \’un, but this is the very root of what civil liberties mean: those things that Basher was arguing for up in Yorkshire.
Until someone is convicted of a crime in a court of law (with that all important fair trial, the presumption of innocence, a jury, the ability to confront witnesses and the whole shebang) then they are innocent.
It\’s what living in a free country means. Just as they cannot bang him up for ever (although they had a damn good go) so can they not do it to you or me.
Yes, there\’s a number of costs associated with liberty: this is one of them.