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Such stupidity and ineptitude is without peer. The west is begging for a serious ass whoopin'.
Abu Qatada, the extremist Muslim cleric, could be released back into society within days because of the confusion over his deportation appeal to Europe, a senior immigration judge suggested.
A senior immigration judge has given the clearest indication yet that Abu Qatada could once again be released on bail because of the chaos over his appeal. Photo: AP
Tom Whitehead and James Kirkup
10:00PM BST 19 Apr 2012
Mr Justice Mitting indicated that he would reconsider the preacher’s detention if his deportation was “not imminent”.
Yesterday Theresa May, the Home Secretary, was faced with mounting evidence that her officials had made an error over a deadline for Qatada, whose real name is Omar Othman, to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, which may have allowed him to prolong his stay in Britain for up to a year.
Any prospect of a lengthy legal process would greatly increase the chances of the cleric once described as Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe being granted bail, the judge suggested.
Mrs May insists she was free to arrest Qatada and restart deportation proceedings on Tuesday because a deadline to appeal to the Grand Chamber of the Strasbourg court passed at midnight on Monday.Legal experts and officials yesterday suggested that Home Office officials were wrong and that Qatada made his appeal within the correct time frame. This could mean that the Home Secretary acted illegally by restarting deportation proceedings prematurely.
But Qatada’s lawyers argue that the deadline was 24 hours later, and submitted a last-ditch appeal on Tuesday night.
Under pressure from Labour, Mrs May repeatedly refused to say whether her officials had asked the court when the deadline was. One MP demanded to know why Qatada’s lawyers had been able to “outwit the very expensive silks of the Home Office”.
Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, warned there could be “serious consequences” if Mrs May’s interpretation of the deadline was wrong.
She accused her of rushing the cleric’s arrest and opening up the Government to the possibility of being sued. “On Tuesday the Home Secretary told us the deportation of Abu Qatada was under way, on Wednesday it stopped,” Miss Cooper said. “On Tuesday she told us there would be no appeal to the Grand Chamber, on Wednesday an appeal was under way.
“Yesterday the Home Office said the appeal deadline was Monday night but the European Court officials said it was Tuesday night. When the Home Secretary is accused of not knowing what day of the week it is, then confusion and chaos have turned into farce. This farce has serious consequences – additional delays, a greater risk Abu Qatada will be put out on bail and a risk he will sue the Government.”
The dispute intensified calls from some Tory backbenchers to ignore Europe and go ahead with the deportation. Charles Walker, MP for Broxbourne, Herts, told Mrs May that ministers “must not delay in getting this scumbag on a plane out of this country”.
Mark Reckless, a lawyer and MP for Rochester and Strood, said the Home Office was “institutionally incompetent” and likened the situation to the television comedy Yes, Minister. “The problem essentially is however much officials mess up, they aren’t held to account, and very often they are promoted,” he said.