March 08, 2013

UK Arrests Al Qaeda Cleric Abu Qatada, Again..

Abu Qatada Al-Falastin, who is on the U.S. list of specially designated global terrorists, continues to fight extradition to Jordan on terror charges. Looks like he, hopefully, really f'd up this time and the UK will finally deport him.

Via the Telegraph

Abu-Qatada.jpg Qatada, 52, once described as Osama Bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe, was later arrested by the UK Border Agency for allegedly breaching his bail conditions.

Specialist officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command searched Qatada’s tax-payer funded home for 12 hours before he was arrested, according to The Sun.

A Home Office spokeswoman said last night: “The UK Border Agency today arrested a 52-year-old man from North London for alleged breaches of his bail conditions imposed by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission.”

The move comes as the Government has stepped up its latest efforts to get him deported.

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By Stable Hand at 08:39 PM | Comments |

December 11, 2012

Al Qaeda Cleric Abu Qatada's Life of Luxury Among the Brits

Abu Qatada Al-Falastin, who is on the U.S. list of specially designated global terrorists, continues to fight extradition to Jordan on terror charges. In the mean time, the terrorist recruiter complained about people holding protests by his home so the gov moved him to another luxury home at a undisclosed location.

Abu-Qatada.jpg The 52-year-old Islamic fanatic is fighting deportation to Jordan on terror charges — and it was hoped he was being put on a plane to the Middle East.

But instead he is believed to have been handed an even larger gaff in London with his wife and five children after leap-frogging to the top of the waiting list.

The terror suspect said he needed to escape demonstrations over his marathon fight to avoid being booted back to his native Jordan[...]

Extremist Islamic cleric Qatada — once described by a judge as “Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe” — was first arrested in Britain in 2002.

He has dodged deportation by claiming prosecutors may use evidence gained through torture.

He was released from jail last month after winning his latest court battle with Home Secretary Theresa May.

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The Sun wants to know where he went:
- HAS Qatada moved in next door to you? Call our newsdesk on 020 7782 4103.
Hopefully, someone will know where he went.

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By Stable Hand at 07:48 AM | Comments |

April 11, 2012

Al Qaeda Finds Yet Another Reason to Make Empty Threat Against the UK

Al Qaeda is back .. and this time, it's personal:

In a statement signed by Al-Qaeda’s general command and published on jihadist forums, the terror network said Abu Qatada’s extradition would “open the gates of evil” on “Britain and its citizens everywhere.”

“We warn the British government against extraditing Sheikh Abu Qatada to Jordan,” where he faces terror charges, said the statement, which called on London to “act with reason and wisdom … or it will regret it.”

I think my initial snark for this post was to observe that al Qaeda had been threatening the UK for any other number of reasons, so what's the big deal here?

And then, I just realized that the real snark here is the observation that Abu Qatada claims that he was not a member of al Qaeda ... and here is al Qaeda threatening the UK if they deport him to Jordan. But, you know, he's not a member or anything. Never has been ......

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:15 PM | Comments |

April 04, 2009

UK: AlQaeda Cleric Abu Qatada Sends Rallying Cry To Followers From His Maximum Security Jail Cell

Qatada has fought against deportation to Jordon and appears to have kept busy biding his time.:

From Weasel Zippers

The extremist cleric Abu Qatada has issued a 6,000-word rallying cry to his followers from inside one of Britain’s most secure prison units.

The Palestinian preacher hails the “victory” of the Mujahidin and claims that his treatment has helped to radicalise a new generation of young British Muslims.

Despite demanding his freedom, he says that “the gift of prison” has helped him to lose more than 50lb (22kg) in weight.He even suggests that a vigorous exercise programme appears to have cured his diabetes and back trouble.

The cleric boasts of being told by Bilal Abdullah, the NHS doctor jailed for the car bomb attacks in London and Glasgow in 2007, that he was heavily influenced by the cleric’s taped sermons. He describes the bomber, who narrowly failed in his attempts to blow up a nightclub and airport terminal, as “truthfully a man from the men of Islam, in knowledge, action, steadfastness and manhood”

His communiqué was smuggled out of Long Lartin high-security jail, Worcestershire, and is circulating on jihadi websites and forums, where it is attracting widespread comment.

This is nucking futz.

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By Stable Hand at 04:00 PM | Comments |

February 19, 2009

British court rules Muslim cleric, Abu Qatada, can be deported

Abu Qatada can be deported but will he? Abu Qatada's lawyers said they will appeal the deportation order at the European Court of Human Rights. Considering the same court just awarded Abu Qatada around $5000 for wrongful detention after 9/11, what do you think Abu Qatada's chances of deportation are now?

From International Herald Tribune

LONDON: A Palestinian-born cleric described by British security officials as "a significant international terrorist" lost the latest round in a seven-year battle to remain in Britain as a refugee Wednesday when the highest court in Britain ruled that he could be deported to Jordan, where he was convicted in absentia in a terrorist bombing and a bomb plot in the late 1990s.

After a five-judge panel of the Law Lords - judges in the House of Lords who sit as the highest court of appeal - unanimously approved his deportation, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith immediately signed an order for the deportation of the 48-year-old Islamic preacher known as Abu Qatada, who is being held in a special unit for Muslim militants at the Longlartin jail about 100 miles, or 160 kilometers, west of London.

The cleric's lawyers said that they would appeal the decision to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, a step likely to halt any move to deport the cleric for weeks, and possibly months.

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November 10, 2008

UK Re-Arrests Osama bin Laden's Right Hand Man

Abu Qatada, who is on the U.S. Treasury's list of designated terrorists, has been re-arrested in Britain.

Yeah, I know what you're thinking: re-arrested? WTF was he doing out in the first place? Blame the British equivalent of a left wing judge. He was on what we in the U.S. would call house arrest. That's right, Osama bin Laden's right hand man in the UK on house freaking arrest!

Ealing Times:

Abu Qatada, who has been holed up in a large house in a leafy Acton street since he was released from prison in June, was arrested by immigration officers on claims he was planning to flee the country.

Bail conditions placed on the 47-year-old, once described by a judge as Osama Bin-Laden's right-hand man in Europe, meant he had to spend at least 22-hours a day at the house, and was not allowed to meet with certain people.

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:42 AM | Comments |