Amnesty UK: Qatada decision 'disappointing and a missed opportunity'

Kate Allen, director of Amnesty International UK, has said the European Court of Human Rights decision on Abu Qatada's appeal is "disappointing and a missed opportunity".

"The Grand Chamber would have been the right body to examine this appeal because it raises fundamental issues about whether 'deportation deals' with countries which routinely use torture should ever be relied on."

"Jordan has a known record of torturing detainees and conducting unfair trials. The simple truth is that Abu Qatada will be at personal risk of torture and of receiving an unfair trial in Jordan's State Security Court."

"When, as is now highly likely, the UK courts examine the question of whether further 'assurances' given by Jordan will guarantee him a fair trial, they need to take a cold, hard look at Jordan's record on torture and unfair trials.

If the UK authorities genuinely believe that Abu Qatada has committed a criminal offence, they should either put him on trial in this country or extradite him to a third country that can safely and fairly do so.

– Kate Allen, director of Amnesty International UK,

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Qatada appeal rejected

Judges at the European Court of Human Rights have rejected Abu Qatada's bid to have his appeal against deportation to his native Jordan heard. The radical cleric lodged the request hours after the Home Secretary announced the move last month.