A radical Muslim preacher has been awarded compensation by the European Court of Human Rights for being detained without trial in the UK.
The ruling says Abu Qatada’s detention under anti-terrorism legislation breached his human rights. The Strasbourg tribunal awarded him the 2,800 euros in compensation a day after Britain’s top court 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 Amman that deportees will not be ill-treated. The Supreme Court ruling was a victory for the British government, which had been trying to deport Qatada – whom it describes as a “significant international terrorist” – for years.