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Last updated at 9:46 AM on 8th February 2012Abu Hamza and five other dangerous terror suspects could follow Abu Qatada in being freed to walk Britain’s streets.
Unelected Euro judges are preparing to rule if the six – who are accused of running terror camps and extremist websites or plotting atrocities – can be extradited to the U.S.
And, in the wake of Europe’s ruling that fanatic Qatada cannot be kicked out of Britain, Whitehall officials are braced for defeat.
Following his lead: Hate preacher Abu Hamza, left, could be set free to walk Britain’s streets if European judges rule he cannot be extradited to the U.S., repeating the precedent set by Abu Qatada, left
Hate preacher Hamza is claiming that his potential jail term in America could constitute a breach of his human rights because it is potentially ‘inhuman’ or ‘degrading’.
Once there is a Euro court ruling that any of the six cannot be extradited, British judges are expected to follow the precedent set by the Qatada case and free them on bail.
In a worst-case scenario, it could mean Hamza and his fellow fanatics being released in the run-up to the London Olympics – the biggest security challenge this country has faced in peacetime. Experts have already warned there are up to 200 would-be suicide bombers in the UK, including ‘lone wolves’ seeking religious justification from the likes of Hamza or Qatada to carry out atrocities.
The Strasbourg judges are considering whether jail terms of up to 50 years in the U.S. without parole – the sentences faced by Hamza and the others – would breach Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which bans ‘inhuman or degrading treatment’.
For all the defendants, except Hamza, they also agreed to examine whether their potential detention in ‘supermax’ high security prisons was a breach of human rights.