In fact the media and the government are quite happy to call him a terrorist even though he has not been found guilty, tried or even charged with any terrorism related offence in the U.K.
Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat – Presumption of Innocence or innocent until proven guilty
Well thats what I used to believe – until I became a Muslim.
In the last few years we have witnessed how the law is largely ignored. Everything is turned on it’s head, war is peace – peace is war, did Tony Blair lie (or maybe exaggerates) one and a half million die but will he ever face justice?
It is very hard to believe there is such a thing as “British justice” any more since we learn of the cases of men held in prison here in the U.K. without charge for years whilst awaiting extradition. Other men who were subject to extra ordinary rendition and torture allegedly with the help of the British Government, such as in the case of Abdel Hakim Belhaj who is now suing Jack Straw. Men who previously fled dictatorships have returned to be leaders in new governments, the freedom fighters of today are the leaders of tomorrow.
Gaddafi was our enemy, then our friend – then our enemy again. To the British and American Governments Mubarak and Ben Ali were models of moderate Islamic leaders, helping in the phoney “war on terror”. Such leaders were our allies despite our governments access to information from Human Rights organisations about the torture used in those countries. Not only did the British and American governments know about the torture but America sent people to those places to be tortured. Read about extra ordinary rendition here and take on board the following statement:-
In the words of former CIA agent Robert Baer: “If you want a serious interrogation, you send a prisoner to Jordan. If you want them to be tortured, you send them to Syria. If you want someone to disappear — never to see them again — you send them to Egypt.”
All the more interesting to read on the B.B.C. website today about how the King of Jordan had allegedly intervened in a corruption case, then imprisoned journalists who reported on it.
Christoph Wilcke, HRW’s senior Middle East researcher, said: “Jordan cannot claim to be making democratic reforms while prosecutors hunt down journalists doing their job.”
HRW said the case was the fifth such incident in Arab kingdom this year.
The 5th Case this year and we are still in April! So much for the notion of Abu Qatada getting a fair trial in Jordon, but the fact that this article appears openly on the B.B.C. website condemning so called reforms in Jordon will not resonate at all with the British public who the media and Theresa May have led to believe that Abu Qatada is not deserving of human rights or justice at all.