Radical Preacher Abu Qatada awarded £2,500 compensation

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The radical preacher Abu Qatada was today awarded £2,500 compensation by the European court of human rights, after judges ruled that his detention without trial in the UK breached his human rights.

The verdict from Strasbourg comes a day after Qatada, once dubbed Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe, lost the latest round of his legal battle to stay in the UK. Five law lords ruled yesterday that he could be deported to Jordan, in spite of fears he may be tortured.

Today, the judges delivered their verdict in a case in which Qatada and 10 others said their detention under anti-terror laws introduced after the September 11 attacks in the US violated the human rights convention.

The government claimed the new terror threat after the US attacks warranted special legislation, including detaining and expelling non-UK nationals believed to have been involved in terrorism.

At a hearing in Strasbourg last May, lawyers for Qatada argued that the conditions for the effective suspension of parts of the human rights code – which guarantees the right to a fair trial, protection from torture, access to justice and non-discrimination – had not been met.

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