[Religious Intelligence] 18 Feb 2009--The British Law Lords, the country’s highest legal authority, have granted a request from the Home Secretary to deport a radical Muslim cleric.
In a decision handed down this morning, the Lords ruled that Abu Qatada can be deported to Jordan, where he faces jail for terrorism. He had fought that on the grounds that the case was based on evidence extracted by torture.
The Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, said she was "delighted" at the decision, calling Qatada, who is 48, "a truly dangerous individual".
She said that she will proceed immediately with the cleric’s deportation, but experts say that his final removal may wait until after the European Court of Human Rights hears his case.
The five Lords also unanimously supported the deportation of two Algerian terrorism suspects.