Terrorism analysts from the Henry Jackson Society (HJS) have welcomed the ratification of a treaty which could see radical hate preacher Abu Qatada deported to Jordan as early as next week.
The HJS has consistently called for Abu Qatada to be returned to his home country, where he faces charges of terrorism and has been convicted in his absence. The preacher came to Britain illegally and the battle to deport him has so far cost the British taxpayer more than £1.7 million
Before his arrest in London in October 2002, Abu Qatada was the most prominent jihadist scholar in the U.K. His deportation, together with the extradition of his student Abu Hamza in October last year, will rid the U.K of its two most prominent and dangerous jihadist scholars.
Abu Qatada is also being investigated by Scotland Yard over suspected extremist material found in his home, and is suspected of indoctrinating British terrorists.
Eighteen video recordings of Abu Qatada’s talks were discovered in the Hamburg flats of Muhammad Atta, the leader of the 9/11 attacks and when he was arrested in February 2001, police discovered £170,000 in cash in his home, including £805 in an envelope labelled “For the Mujahedin in Chechnya”.
HJS Associate Director Douglas Murray said: “The Henry Jackson Society welcomes today’s developments in the long-running and costly battle to deport radical cleric Abu Qatada.
“Despite being detained in prison or under house arrest for over a decade, Abu Qatada’s influence within jihadist circles remains high and there is no doubt he is a threat to national security.”