The European Court of Human rights has awarded a radical Muslim preacher compensation for being unfairly detained without trial in the UK.
The court ruled Britain was guilty of detaining nine men, including Abu Qatada, unlawfully under anti-terrorism legislation after the 9/11 attacks. The Strasbourg tribunal awarded Qatada 2,800 euros in compensation saying the detention breached his human rights. The decision comes a day after Britain’s top court, the House of Lords, ruled he could be deported to Jordan, where he is wanted on terrorism charges. Qatada had appealed his extradition on the grounds he could face torture in his homeland, but the UK says it has special agreements with Jordan that deportees will not be ill-treated. While Britain has no right of appeal against the European Court ruling, it will see yesterday’s decision to extradite Qatada’s as a victory. The UK government has been struggling to deport the extremist cleric — whom it has described as a significant terrorist threat — for years.