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European Court ruling on Abu Qatada deportation is 'tarnished'

Headline Title:  ECHR ruling on Abu Qatada 'tarnished' 17 January 2012 A landmark European Court of Human Rights ruling blocking the deportation of a Jordanian cleric from the UK was today described as "one step forward, two steps back" by Amnesty International.The Court found that if the UK deported Omar Othman, also known as Abu Qatada, it would violate his right to a fair trial because any proceedings in Jordan would likely involve the use of testimony from people who had been tortured. However, the court also accepted as valid the UK government's argument that in some…

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