(Sheikh Abu Qatada)
A message recently posted by ?representatives of the Muslims in Britain? to an al-Qaeda affiliated forum, titled: ?A Statement about the Deportation of Sheikh Abu Qatada, the Palestinian, to the Authorities of Elimination and Torture,? addresses the British government and insists that Sheikh Abu Qatada and other Muslims not be deported to their countries of which they fled. The authors posits that Britain is operating outside the legal sphere and has committed ?deception and betrayal? against these men, believing that since Abu Qatada and the others were granted the freedom to speak freely of their opinions and against the regimes of their native countries, then to send them back constitutes cruelty.
The authors question what crimes Abu Qatda and the ?group of the brothers? had committed that superseded a trial and imprisonment in British jails, rather than being deported to ?countries where you meet elimination and torture, and neglect of all human rights.? Further, the authors allege that Sheikh Abu Qatada would cease his practices ?if the British authorities told him not to do it.?
Described as ?al-Qaeda?s ambassador to Europe,? Sheikh Abu Qatada and nine other men were detained August 11, 2005, and plans were announced for their deportation for suspicion of posing a threat to Britain?s national security. Qatada was granted political refugee status in Britain in 1993.
A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.