With thanks to Michelle Malkin
Islamic extremist paid STG 2,000 to be smuggled from Malta to the UK
A terror suspect who was once found with a map marked with the flightpath to Birmingham International Airport has defeated the UK Government’s bid to deport him to Libya.
The man, who can only be identified by the initials DD, has been described by a court as “real and direct threat to the national security of the UK”.
A second Libyan, known only as AS and described as a “committed Islamist extremist” also won his appeal against deportation.
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Shame on Spain:
Spain acquits Madrid bombing mastermind, terrorists
Chalk up one for theÂ law enforcement approach to terrorism:
Spain’s highest court absolved four men and upheld the acquittal of a fifth on Thursday in the convoluted legal proceedings relating to the 2004 Madrid commuter train bombings that killed 191 people in the deadliest attack by Islamic militants on European soil.
Most dramatically, the high court upheld the acquittal of one of the bombing’s accused masterminds, Rabei Osman, an Egyptian, who was found guilty in 2006 in Italy of belonging to a terrorist organization.
Mr. Osman was arrested in Italy in June 2004, but disputed prosecution evidence citing wiretaps in which he was purported to have said he had conceived the idea of the attacks.
What? Wiretapping caught a terrorist? That’s unpossible!
But it absolved three of the top suspects, including Mr. Osman, on the grounds thatÂ he was already serving a sentence in Italy for the same crime.
So, yeah, he’s guilty. And Spain didn’t want a piece of him?
There’s a bright spot: Antonio Toro, the worthless waste of breath who traded the explosives to the terrorists in exchange for hashish? His acquittal was reversedâ€“and he’s going to do four years. Which I think counts as hard time in Europe. Community service just wouldn’t have served the demands of justice.
Oh, wait: he could have doneÂ thirty.
Well, it’s something.
Note that this isn’t DD and AS’s first hearing; this is the government’s appeal after a prior loss. They were in the newsÂ a year agoÂ for that and apparently Britain really, really, doesn’t want to send them back to Libya. Both articlesâ€“even theGuardian’s, for Pete’s sakeâ€“go on at truly jaw-dropping length explaining this guy’s familial and circumstantial ties to terrorism…for example, a violently deceased brother-in-law who was the suspected masterminded the Madrid bombing. But why can’t DD and AS be sent home?
Let’s ask the kindly souls ofÂ Amnesty International, UK:
In the cases of DD and AS, the Court of Appeal found no grounds to disagree with the decision of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) that the assurances which had been obtained by the UK from Libya, in the form of a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’, were not sufficient to protect DD and AS from a real risk of torture or other ill-treatment if they were to be returned to Libya. Amnesty International welcomed this recognition of the real risk to which these men would undoubtedly be exposed if they were to be returned to Libya.
Got that? The chance that this man (whoÂ bribed his way into the country illegallyÂ and engages in a ridiculous level of suspicious and outright pro-jihadist activity) might endure some unpleasantness at Khadaffi’s hands outweighs the risk that he might well unleash a bit of unpleasantness of his own upon the British populace.
Don’t worry, though. These guys won’t be set scot-free to roam the English countryside. The Maltese article notes they’ll be under a strict “control order”. Nothing keeps terrorists locked down like aÂ control order.
There’s even aÂ curfew.
P.S. What if we sentÂ someoneÂ over to escort these guys to Gitmo?