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UK Gives Bin Laden’s ‘Right-Hand Man’ Bail

From his allies at Reuters:

UK frees Bin Laden’s ‘right-hand man’ on bail

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

LONDON (Reuters)

A Jordanian who defeated a British government attempt to deport him as a "significant international terrorist" was freed from prison on bail on Tuesday but confined to his home for 22 hours a day.

Omar Othman, known as Abu Qatada, was among the highest profile terrorism suspects in a British jail.

A special tribunal dealing with foreign terrorism suspects published a seven-page document setting stringent conditions for his release.

He is forbidden from using any mobile telephone or computer, or connecting in any way to the Internet, and may leave home only between 10 and 11 a.m. and 2 and 3 p.m.

The document sets out a list of individuals that he may not contact or receive visits from — headed by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and his number two, Ayman al-Zawahri.

Othman won a legal battle against being deported to Jordan when the Court of Appeal ruled in April he would not face a fair trial at home…

Civil rights groups have condemned the government’s treatment of the men and its attempts to remove them to countries with poor human rights records…

The government case against him described Othman as a "significant international terrorist" whose presence posed "a continuing threat to national security and a significant terrorism-related risk to the public".

Twice convicted in absentia in Jordan of involvement in terrorist plots, he has been jailed in Britain pending deportation since August 2005. He was previously held without charge under powers that were declared unlawful.

This is another comedy break in the suicide of the West.

The document sets out a list of individuals that he may not contact or receive visits from — headed by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and his number two, Ayman al-Zawahri.

They are passing up a great opportunity to nab those gentlemen.

Still, just wait until the five mullahs on our Supreme Court hear this latest judicial breakthrough.

They will immediately issue a fatwa freeing all the Guantanamo detainees on bail, as long as they promise to stay around the house.

By the way, one wonders if Mr. Othman can fit into a burka. Not that he would probably need to go to all that trouble.

For, as we noted about this time last year, at least seven similar terrorists have already escaped the UK’s "stringent" house arrest.

From a gleeful Associated Press:

UK: Terror suspect flees while under house arrest

Jun. 21, 2007

Police were searching for a terrorist suspect who disappeared while under a type of partial house arrest known as a control order, the government said Thursday.

The suspect, a foreign national who was placed under a control order in November 2005, appeared to have fled on Monday night, said Security, Counter Terrorism and Police Minister Tony McNulty.

His escape brings to seven the number of people under control orders who have absconded.

Public safety is the top priority for the government and the police,” McNulty told lawmakers. “Locating this individual is an operational matter for the police, and an active investigation is under way.”

The man’s identity was not being released at the request of police, McNulty said.

But "public safety is the top priority."

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