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    Al-Qaeda operative allowed to stay in Britain


    by ODN


    A man described as an "al-Qaeda operative" and a serious threat to national security has won his fight against deportation from Britain.

    Abid Naseer, 24, and Ahmed Faraz Khan, 26, both Pakistani nationals were arrested last year during counter-terrorism raids in the northwest of England, but were never charged.

    The police were forced to arrest the men earlier than hoped after a Scotland Yard officer allowed himself to be photographed with information about the men visible, outside 10 Downing Street.

    They were told by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) that they had won their appeal against deportation on "the issue of safety on return" to Pakistan. The defence claimed Naseer and Khan would face abuse and torture if they returned to their country of origin.

    Mr Justice Mitting, in a written ruling of the tribunal, admitted: "For the reasons stated, we are satisfied that Naseer was an al Qaida operative who posed and still poses a serious threat to the national security of the UK and that... it is conducive to the public good that he should be deported."

    Mr Justice Mitting said that Faraz Khan could "safely be taken to have been willing to participate" in terror plans, but he too was allowed to stay in the UK on grounds of his safety on return.

    New Home Secretary Theresa May said: "We are disappointed that the court has ruled that Abid Naseer and Ahmed Faraz Khan should not be deported to Pakistan. As the court agreed, they are a security risk to the UK. We are now taking all possible measures to ensure they do not engage in terrorist activity".