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Saturday, 9 March 2013

Abu Qatada on a bike

The bail conditions he's alleged to have breached do seem draconian. According to the BBC:  
  • Tagged and allowed out of his home only between 08:00 and 16:00
  • Banned from traveling on the Tube, or by train, car, motorbike or bus
  • Banned from contacting a number of named individuals
  • Only family members, his lawyer, emergency workers and social workers can enter his home without approval
  • Banned from using mobile phones, computers and other devices
  • Banned from attending mosques, leading prayers and giving lectures
  • Needs approval to take a job or enroll on a course
  • Allowed one bank account and must surrender his passport
So, it would seem he's Ok on push-bike or he could try a helicopter. One hopes that if he has a medical emergency, he will be allowed in one of those smaller cars adapted as an ambulance? What if he's taken sick in the middle of the night?

Banning him from mosques would seem to be restricting his rights to practice religion unless a visiting Iman is allowed. The ban on the use of computers looks bad too - many services are going online-only.

According to Wikipedia "Regularly imprisoned in Britain as a threat to national security since he was first detained under anti-terrorism laws in 2002, he has not yet been prosecuted there for any criminal or conspiracy offences" but a number of less than savoury governments allege terrorist offences.

If you believe and trust our politicians, he's a very dangerous man. I'm not sure I do.

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