Bexley MP James Brokenshire visits Jordan for talks about Abu Qatada
PUBLISHED: 17:49 13 February 2012 | UPDATED: 13:07 23 February 2012
Bexley MP James Brokenshire flew to Jordan today (Monday) for talks to ensure the safety of Abu Qatada if he is deported from the UK.
The Home Office said: “Security Minister James Brokenshire will travel to Jordan to see what assurances we can be given about the evidence used against Qatada in the courts.”
The government wants to deport Qatada to Jordan, but the cleric won a ruling last Friday from the European Court of Human Rights to keep him in Britain.
There are fears that Qatada, who has been convicted of terrorism offences in Jordan, will not be given a fair trial and may be tortured by Jordanian authorities.
Conservative MP Mr Brokenshire, who was the Crime Reduction minister until a Cabinet reshuffle in May 2011, flew to Jordan after Prime Minister David Cameron agreed with King Abdullah on the importance of finding a satisfactory resolution to the case.
Qatada, who has been described as the late-Osama Bin Laden’s “ambassador in Europe,” must obey a 22-hour curfew, wear an electronic tag and is banned from using the internet or a telephone under the terms of his release today.
The Home Office said: “Everyone is united in wanting this man deported. The government will exhaust all avenues open to get Qatada on a plane.”
He was been detained in a British prison for six years fighting deportation amid fears he poses a risk to society.
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