Justice versus politics no deportation for Qatada
Is it justice or common sense that sees the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) reject the deportation of so-called radical cleric Abu Qatada to Jordan to face trial.
There is certainly going to be a few eyebrows raised and heads turn when the citizens of the country realise that a supposedly terror suspect will be free to walk the streets of the UK.
Obviously, the government did not present a good enough case or demonstrate to the SIAC that Abu Qatada poses a real threat to the UK and that is allege radicalism could put anyone at risk. One can only assume that their decision was based on the fact that because someone preaches hate-filled sermons does not mean that they are indeed a severe threat, or could they believe that in order to deport someone to a country that one have no control over one must present a water tight case.
In an unprecedented move the judge has also rejected the government claim to appeal the commission decision. For the commission to make such a bold move they had to be sure that irrespective of what evidence was presented Abu Qatada is not and may not in the future be a threat to civilised people.
Appeals judges do not take these kind of decisions lightly especially in todays climate of terror. Therefore, the onus is now on the government to close this episode and waste no more of tax payers money in the pursuit of an extradition order against this individual.
No one knows what the future holds and we can only hope that the decision reached on this person will be seen later to be the correct one, we just have to wait and see.
By Sandrea: My Opinion