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Deported from Britain to torture

Issue No. 2040

The ruling that Muslim cleric Abu Qatada can be deported to Jordan because he faces “no real risk of persecution” there has highlighted the question of international removal pacts.

The ruling establishes a legal basis for deportations from Britain to countries with a known record of human rights abuses.

In the same week as the Abu Qatada ruling, it emerged that two Algerians deported from Britain last month have since been arrested, imprisoned and charged with terrorist activities.

The Algerians – known as H and Q – withdrew appeals against the deportation after assurances they would not be arrested upon their return to Algeria.

Their lawyer, Gareth Peirce, said they could no longer bear the strain of indefinite detention in Britain.

Although the Algerian government has refused to enter into an official memorandum of understanding on human rights, British government officials insisted that terror suspects could be safely deported to Algeria.

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Sat 3 Mar 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2040
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