Convicted Al-Qaeda terrorists launch human rights bid against UK
August 27, 2012
TWO Al-Qaeda terrorists, including one who plotted to kill thousands in a British shopping centre bomb attack, are trying to get their convictions quashed - on HUMAN RIGHTS grounds.
The European Court of Human Rights has given the green light to their application rather than rejecting it as they do with thousands of cases a year.
The pair claim MI5 was complicit in their torture by Pakistani security services, which the British courts reject.
If the government's explanation does not satisfy the European Court, a full hearing will be ordered which could force British courts to overturn the convictions.
Extremist Salahuddin Amin was jailed for life in 2007 after his terrorist cell conspired to detonate a fertiliser bomb at Bluewater shopping centre, Kent, or at London's Ministry of Sound.
The other convicted terrorist, Rangzieb Ahmed, was at the centre of al-Qaeda's global network with links to every Brit terror cell.
Top lawyers have slammed Strasbourg's growing influence of over British rule and the manipulation of human rights laws.
Former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation Lord Carlile, QC, said: "To have the European Court of Human Rights intervening in judgments of fact - as opposed to judgments of law - really would be a new departure and, in my view, a completely unacceptable departure.
"In my view, findings of fact are not for an international court to determine, otherwise instead of the 150,000 cases currently awaiting judgment at Strasbourg there would be 550,000 or more.
"It is another illustration of the need for a fresh look at the way the European Court operates in relation to British proceedings."
If the case went ahead, it would be the first time terrorist convictions had been challenged at Strasbourg in this way, Lord Carlile added.