At a time when the
global Jihadists have shown that they will strike without mercy and with
no regard for the sanctity of human life, it is imperative that liberty loving
nations stand together and ensure that the guilty terrorists are brought
to justice. The Judiciary in each democratic country has a central function
to play in this battle but recent developments in Europe are ominous.
In the past few days, the British Home Secretary, David Blunkett has described
the decision by British judges to release an Algerian man with alleged links
to al-Queda as "extraordinary." The 35-year-old detainee, known only as "G,"
had been held at an English prison for more than two years but he has now
been freed on mental health grounds. The Judges who made this bizarre
decision accepted the argument that the Algerian man was potentially dangerous
with worrying Al Queda links. However, they argued that the man's mental
deterioration made it less likely he would become involved in potentially
Think about that for one moment; less likely? Surely any sensible
person must reason that it makes it more likely for such a disturbed individual
to become involved in terrorist activities. After all, if a man seeks to
join the murdering hordes of Bin Laden whilst retaining a nominal level of
sanity, what is he likely to do when the last vestiges of this disappears!
Here’s the good news. "G" will be kept under constant surveillance, can only
receive Home Office-approved visitors and will not be allowed access to a
telephone or the internet. Tough love indeed! I guess these Judges have never
heard of Internet cafés!
British Al Queda suspect -- known as "M" -- was also released a month ago
when judges decided there was no irrefutable evidence that he was linked
to terrorism. Speaking to the left wing BBC, he said: "They (the police)
did not question me once. If I am a suspect of terrorism, if they are thinking
maybe I will do something against this government or this country, why didn't
they come to me to ask me any questions?" The Director of the hard-left
civil rights group Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti, said detaining people without
trial showed the government had a "terrifying contempt for the rule of law"
and was showing a "complete failure to observe the presumption of innocence."
So in essence, it is only when a jetliner crashes into the Tower of London
or a suit-case nuke detonates in the Royal Mall that our Judiciary and civil
rights activists will awaken to the real and present danger staring us in
outlandish judicial behavior is not restricted to the United Kingdom. A
German court has also recently released Mounir el-Motassadeq, the only man
convicted in connection with the September 11 terrorist attacks, pending
a new trial later this year. The release of Motassadeq, who was
serving a 15-year sentence on more than 3,000 counts of accessory to murder,
followed a decision by a German appeals court last month to reverse his conviction.
The court ruled that Mr. Motassadeq had been denied a fair trial because
of the refusal of the United States to allow testimony by a captured terrorist
suspect. Say again? Because the US won’t permit one terrorist to give evidence
in support of another he gets out of jail? And this is European justice?
German prosecutors contended that Motassadeq was a key figure in the Al Queda
Hamburg cell, which included Mohamed Atta. In the months leading up to Sept.
11, Motassadeq helped to transfer funds into the accounts of the hijacker-pilots
while they were preparing the plot. But while Motassadeq admitted that he
once attended an Al Queda training camp in Afghanistan, he has contended
all along that he had no advance knowledge of the September 11 plot, and
that in carrying out the activities cited against him by the prosecution,
he was merely doing favors for fellow Muslims. Poor lamb – he was only
following orders! No wonder the Germans felt sympathy for him.
time an Al Queda suspect is detected the European judiciary find ways to
set him free. This is done with scant regard to the message this sends back
to the terror warlords. Europe is seen as a useful carrier base from which
Al Queda and its affiliates can operate with relative impunity, from which
they can plan attacks on the United States and its global interests and from
which they can expect to obtain a sympathetic anti-US media hearing.
of the European Judiciary to come to terms with the terrorist malignancy
in our midst may yet carry lethal consequences. Are they pronouncing a death
sentence of those democracies that are valiantly trying to defeat international
terrorism? Have the Judges become the terrorists’ best friends?
Vance is a UK-based political commentator. Having previously been the Deputy
Leader of the UK Unionist Party, he decided it is better to be outside the
tent peering in! His web site is A TANGLED WEB.
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