After costing the tax payer more than £1.7m so far (the home Secretary has confirmed) Abu Qatada has finially agreed to go back to be tried in Jordan in a fair trail on terror charges.
The UK’s battle with the European law for Human rights to deport Abu Qatada has finially come to a close. The Government has been trying to deport Qatada to Jordan, where he was convicted of terror charges in his absence in 1999, for around eight years.
On top of the legal fees, keeping him in jail for years has cost the taxpayer £850,000 while the security bill to monitor him while he was released has topped £1million, plus housing and benefits costs have so far amounted to £250,000, pushing the total cost to around £4million.
On the 1st of May, it emerged that David Cameron threatened to ‘temporarily withdraw’ from the European Convention on Human Rights in order to expedite a radical cleric’s deportation. Of course, we didn’t as this could of made Britain in some eyes a “international outlaw”. Now a treaty has been made between Jordan and Britain to ensure a fair trial in Jordan, Abu has agreed to leave.
I know it was necessary to deport him, and would of cost this much. But why was the Europain law of human rights not even willing to cooperate a little? Considering it has been confirmed that these charges are accurate, we effectively provided protection to a terrorist? Yet another example of a broken system that really does, need to be fixed.