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Qatada deportation raised in Commons

April 19, 2012 10:50 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Edinburgh's Liberal Democrat MP questioned the Home Secretary, Theresa May, in the House of Commons yesterday about the deportation of radical cleric Abu Qatada.

During her statement in the Commons Theresa May confirmed that the deportation process of Abu Qatada has been resumed; adding that it is fully compliant with the ruling earlier this year from the European Court of Human Rights.

The Edinburgh MP pushed the Home Secretary to increase efforts to remove barriers which prevent cases, like that of Abu Qatada, being tried in the UK. In so doing it would remove the risk of evidence being used in trials gained by the use of torture.

Mr Crockart pressed the Secretary of State on the use of intercept evidence; one of the barriers to such cases being heard in the UK.

Commenting Mr Crockart said:

"Torture is abhorrent no matter where it happens. By deporting Abu Qatada we must ensure that we do not implicitly condone such behaviour. It would appear that assurances from Jordan have reached an acceptable legal safeguard threshold which can allow this deportation to proceed.

"Any deportation must satisfy the conditions set out by the European court of human rights.

"In my opinion, deportation is still the second-best option; I want to see Abu Qatada, and others like him, tried in this country.

"The Home Secretary must increase her efforts to remove any remaining barriers to such cases being heard in the UK in the future. One of those issues is the use of intercept evidence in UK courts.

"I am pleased that a Privy Council group is considering the use of evidence gained in that way and I await the outcome of their considerations with interest."