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Al Qaeda militants warn of terror attack in Britain if Abu Qatada is deported – Telegraph

In News, Politics, Really?!? on April 20, 2012 at 07:00

Judge ruling indicates Qatada could be granted bail once again

Al Qaeda militants warn of terror attack in Britain if Abu Qatada is deported

What a mess. Now we have terrorists threatening action if their comrade gets deported to face the justice system that he has managed to evade for so long… in his home country. All the while he and his family have collected over $750,000 in benefits payments from the UK government

The Al Qaeda militants warned of a “disaster” for Britain if the Government attempts to send Qatada back to Jordan.

SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors online activity from terrorist groups, said al-Shabaab had issued a warning on militant forums.

“The British public is also forewarned that it will be the British government, as a result of its imprudence, that shall be liable for any disaster that befalls them, or their national interests,” the statement said, according to SITE.

It comes a week after Al-Qaeda threatened to attack Britain if it decides to extradite Qatada.

In a statement signed by Al-Qaeda’s general command and published on jihadist forums, the terror network said Abu Qatada’s extradition would “open the gates of evil” on “Britain and its citizens everywhere.”

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“We warn the British government against extraditing Sheikh Abu Qatada to Jordan,” where he faces terror charges, said the statement, which called on London to “act with reason and wisdom … or it will regret it.”

The warnings come as it emerged Qatada could be released back into society within days because of the confusion over his deportation appeal to Europe.

Senior immigration judge suggested Mr Justice Mitting indicated that he would reconsider the preacher’s detention if his deportation was “not imminent”.

Yesterday Theresa May, the Home Secretary, was faced with mounting evidence that her officials had made an error over a deadline for Qatada, whose real name is Omar Othman, to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, which may have allowed him to prolong his stay in Britain for up to a year.

Any prospect of a lengthy legal process would greatly increase the chances of the cleric once described as Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe being granted bail, the judge suggested.

Mrs May insists she was free to arrest Qatada and restart deportation proceedings on Tuesday because a deadline to appeal to the Grand Chamber of the Strasbourg court passed at midnight on Monday.

But Qatada’s lawyers argue that the deadline was 24 hours later, and submitted a last-ditch appeal on Tuesday night.

Legal experts and officials yesterday suggested that Home Office officials were wrong and that Qatada made his appeal within the correct time frame. This could mean that the Home Secretary acted illegally by restarting deportation proceedings prematurely.

Under pressure from Labour, Mrs May repeatedly refused to say whether her officials had asked the court when the deadline was. One MP demanded to know why Qatada’s lawyers had been able to “outwit the very expensive silks of the Home Office”.

Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, warned there could be “serious consequences” if Mrs May’s interpretation of the deadline was wrong.

 

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