Gareth Johnson, MP for Dartford, has supported the decision by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to allow radical cleric Abu Hamza’s deportation to the United States on terrorism charges.
In an earlier debate on the status of the man in April 2012, Mr. Johnson emphasised the importance of permanently deporting Abu Hamza from the UK, asking the Secretary of State for Home Affairs (the Rt. Hon. Theresa May) whether she could ‘give the House any assurances that as and when Mr Abu Qatada is deported from this country he will remain deported from this country, notwithstanding the fact that he has family residing in the UK’.
Gareth commented today that;
“This decision is a victory for common sense and ensures that those who seek to disrupt and destroy our country face the full force of the law. Radical extremists such as Mr. Hamza cannot and must not be allowed to incite and preach terrorism in our democracy in this way. It is a pity that the process took so long but I am pleased that the right decision has prevailed in the end.”
Abu Hamza al-Masri, along with four other men, argued that the deportation would be against their human rights and that they faced the possibility of inhumane treatment if extradited. However, the Court ruled that ‘there would be no violation of the applicants’ rights if extradited to stand trial in the United States’. Their deportation could now be completed in less than three weeks.