Abu Qatada Family Wins Order Blocking Protests at Home
The family of Abu Qatada, an Islamic cleric the British government wants to deport to Jordan on terrorism charges, won a court order stopping English nationalist groups protesting outside their London home.
Judge Stephen Silber extended an injunction stopping the English National Resistance and others from demonstrating within 500 meters of the house, or publishing details of the family’s address and children’s schools. The order won’t breach the protesters’ human rights, he said today.
Abu Qatada, who isn’t involved in the protest case, won’t be deported to Jordan after a special immigration tribunal ruled in November it was uncertain whether evidence against him was obtained by torture. British Prime Minister David Cameron has said he was frustrated by the decision. A U.K. Court of Appeal hearing on the government’s effort to deport the cleric, whose real name is Omar Othman, is set for March 11.
Demonstrators gathered outside the family’s home in December, shouting “murdering scumbag” and “Muslims are terrorists,” after the English National Resistance and Britain First groups sent out e-mails calling for protests, Silber said. Abu Qatada has a wife and five children as young as 11.
An e-mail to a contact address on Britain First’s website didn’t get an immediate response. Contact information for the English National Resistance wasn’t immediately available.
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