British Home Secretary Theresa May has signaled that Jordanian cleric Abu Qatada could still face prosecution in the UK.
May disclosed that Scotland Yard and prosecutors are still investigating whether they can bring charges against Qatada in latest bid to deport the Muslim cleric to his home country of Jordan, where he could face allegations of plotting bomb attacks. “[Crown Prosecution Service] have looked and continue to look at what evidence is available” for a prosecution in Britain, May told lawmakers at a meeting of Parliament’s Home Affairs Committee. Earlier this week, the Home Office said it is seeking permission from the Court of Appeal to take Jordanian cleric Abu Qatada’s case to the Supreme Court. The Home Office said it asked for permission to appeal last month’s ruling, according to which Qatada’s deportation to his home country has been denied. Abu Qatada won an appeal against his deportation to Jordan in November last year after the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) announced the cleric would not get a fair trial in Jordan because evidence obtained via torture could be used against him. Home Secretary Theresa May called the ruling “deeply unsatisfactory” and told MPs in the House of Commons that she will contest it. Britain’s justice system has accused Qatada of being linked to al-Qaeda and threatening the country’s national security. No charges, however, have been introduced against the Muslim cleric yet.