I’ll stop ‘foreign criminals’ abusing human rights laws, says May
(but she can’t prevent them appealing to Strasbourg- note that she calls Islamic terrorists ‘criminals’….)
Al-Qaeda to UK:
It advised the British government “to deal with the issue with wisdom and reason far from recklessness and blind rush so that it will not regret it when it is too late.”
The rules will apply solely to cases brought under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act, which covers the right to family life. They will not deal with cases lodged under Article 3 â€“ the right to be protected from ill-treatment or torture.
This is the section which is preventing the deportation of hate-preacher Abu Qatada.
Apropos Abu Qatada:
Al Qaeda warns against deporting the “honorable sheik”Â Abu Qatada.
Al-Qaeda has warned Britain against handing over a radical Islamic cleric to Jordan after his release from prison, saying such a move will open the “door of evil” for the British government and its people, according to an Islamist website. (Al Reuters)
DUBAI (AFP) â€“ Al-Qaeda threatened on Tuesday to attack Britain if it decides to extradite to Jordan the radical Islamist Abu Qatada, once believed to be an aide to Osama bin Laden.
Judges is Strasbourg dramatically ruled this morning that Hamza must be extradited to the U.S. where he could face the rest of his life behind bars.
Mrs May said she wanted to deal with the abuse of the ‘family life’ rule because it was an issue of huge concern to the public.
She will issue guidelines which direct judges to stop ‘gold-plating’ the protection offered to migrants who break the law.
Courts will be told that only in ‘exceptional’ circumstances should a foreign convict or illegal immigrant be permitted to stay.
She said: ‘It’s been causing a lot of concern, not just to the Government but also to an awful lot of members of the public. By the summer we will have in place new immigration rules which I believe will end that abuse.’
The Home Secretary conceded the new rules were likely to be challenged in the courts. She added: ‘If it doesn’t [work], if it’s tested in the courts and we find there’s a problem, we’ll obviously look at other measures, but I’m confident in what we’re proposing to do.’
Mrs May also insisted the Government was continuing to make progress in its efforts to deport Qatada, who is wanted on charges of terrorism in Jordan.
European judges ruled he could not be kicked out on the grounds that some of the evidence which may be used against him might have been obtained by torture. This led to a British immigration judge ruling that Qatada â€“ once described as Osama bin Laden’s ambassador in Europe â€“ must be freed on bail.
Mrs May has been seeking reassurances from Jordan that the fanatic’s rights will be protected.
She revealed that these negotiations were now at the legal ‘nitty gritty’ stage, with government officials visiting Jordan last week to continue talks.
Mrs May declined to put a timeframe on his deportation despite being asked if she expected to see the back of him in weeks, months or by the end of the year.
She said: ‘Hopefully I’m not talking about the end of the year. We are making good progress. I hope you’ll see from the fact that we sent another group of officials over there just this last week, in the last few days, that I am keen to keep up the momentum on this. The public want him to be deported. I want him to be deported.’
There is mounting pressure from Tory MPs for her to defy the court and place Qatada on a plane. Last week, the French government deported two known Islamist extremists without giving Euro judges the chance to intervene.
The pressure on the Government to take a harder line could grow even stronger when Strasbourg rules on whether we can send another hate preacher, Abu Hamza, to the U.S. to face terror charges.
If the court rules ‘no’, ministers face the unpalatable prospect of releasing Hamza â€“ currently held under immigration powers in a high-security prison â€“ back on to the streets.
Tory ministers including Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, are said to want the Prime Minister to extradite Hamza regardless of the ruling.
Mr Duncan Smith has told friends he finds the prospect of Hamza not being extradited ‘ludicrous’, particularly as America is ‘an old friend and ally’ and ‘entirely civilised’.
He reportedly says the priority should not be adhering to Strasbourg rulings but safeguarding the public by expelling ‘undesirables’ who pose a threat.
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said of Mrs May’s announcement: ‘This won’t close the massive gap between the Government’s rhetoric and reality on immigration. Nor will it seriously tackle the Home Secretary’s growing failure to deport foreign criminals.
‘Since the Home Secretary took office the number of foreign criminals being released into the community rather than being deported has gone up. And the number of people removed from our country for breaking the rules has gone down.’