‘Hate cleric’ Abu Qatada to sue UK govt for £10 mn

Abu Qatada

Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada has reportedly told his family that he is planning to sue the British government for 10 million pounds over 'unlawful detention'.

Qatada said he wants compensation for his 'extended mistreatment' after a judge released him from jail last week and blocked his deportation to Jordan to face terror charges.

The hate preacher was awarded a small payout from the European Court of Human Rights three years ago after judges ruled he had been unfairly detained in Belmarsh high security jail without trial.

The cleric's family, however, said that his hopes of a much larger compensation win have been boosted after the special immigration court ruled last Monday that there was a real risk that evidence obtained through torture might be used against him if he was sent home to Jordan to face trial.

"He said he hopes to get 10million pounds for being wrongly put in jail. He says he will make the claim when the court processes are finished for his extended mistreatment," the Daily Mail quoted Qatada's brother, Ibrahim Othman, as saying.

"He has done nothing against the British people, but the British authorities put him jail for many years. He has not had any trial in Britain. It is only right that he should have the money," he said.

"He hasn't been able to work for a long time because he has been in jail, so how could he survive without compensation when it is all over?' he added.

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