Britain can’t deport terrorist hotshot

Jan 19, London:Baghdad Meziane, 49, who was jailed for 11 years in 2003 for running a terror support network, has battled Home Office attempts to deport him to his native Algeria despite Government claims he is a ‘danger’ to the UK.

Meziane was an associate of Djamel Beghal, the convicted terrorist who mentored two of the Paris attackers while they were in prison together.

The pair lived near each other in Leicester and Meziane supplied Beghal with a false passport allowing him to travel to an al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan.

“It is simply unacceptable that this is being done in the name of the European Convention on Human Rights”
Prof Anthony Glees. The Home Office has tried to boot out Meziane – a UK-born dad-of-two – for nearly six years following his release from jail in 2009.But he has successfully claimed his deportation would breach his human right to a family life and he might face torture if sent home.

His case has fuelled a row over whether Britain’s security services have sufficient powers to tackle terrorism. Former MI5 head Lord Evans of Weardale has warned the UK’s anti-terror laws are ‘no longer fit for purpose’.

He said it was now ‘much harder’ than a decade ago for the security services to find out ‘what terrorists or criminals are saying among themselves’ because they are discussing plots on the internet.

Lord Evans said new laws are vital to allow intelligence agencies to monitor services like Facebook, WhatsApp and Snapchat.

This story first appeared on the dailystar

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