That's a nice CCTV system you've got in your street Mr Qatada! Freed terror suspect goes for a walk monitored by new top-of-the-range cameras
19:38 GMT, 23 December 2012
CCTV cameras have been installed outside the home of hate preacher Abu Qatada to monitor him around the clock, it was reported today.
They were used to keep track of the Al-Qaeda sympathiser, 52, when he went on a rare journey out yesterday.
It was said he braved the cold on a walk to Sainsbury's as the government continues its fight to remove him from Britain.
Eye in the sky: Hate preacher Abu Qatada (left) is being tracked around the clock by surveillance cameras (right, file picture) outside his North London home, it was reported today
The surveillance cameras have been placed in the street close to Qatada's North London home to keep track of his every move, it was reported in the Daily Star Sunday.
He is being kept under close watch as his decade-long legal battle to avoid deportation to Jordan on terror charges continues.
The Home Office did not wish to comment.
Earlier this week, it emerged the Government could use frozen bank
accounts and seized assets belonging to hate preacher Abu Qatada worth
217,000 to help cover the cost of keeping him in the country.
Secretary Theresa May told the Home Affairs Select Committee that
officials will look at raiding Qatada's cash and assets to pay for his
huge legal bills.
Under watch: The al-Qaeda sympathiser braved the cold this week when he went for a rare trip out to his local supermarket (file picture)
The cost of the terror suspect's legal aid has already reached more than 500,000.
52, was recently moved into a 450,000 north London home which is being
rented out by the British taxpayer for 1,400 a month.
The Special Immigration Appeals Commission last month upheld Qatada’s latest appeal because of concerns about human rights in the country.
The Government is appealing against the decision but Qatada remains in the UK on bail conditions including a 16-hour curfew, wearing an electronic tag, not using the internet and not contacting certain people.
Committee chairman Keith Vaz said: 'Bank accounts that have been frozen and seized assets are worth 217,000.
'Is there anything we can do to defray against what has been seized'
Long battle: Home Secretary Theresa May (left) told Keith Vaz (right), the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, that officials will look at raiding Qatada's cash and assets to pay for his huge legal bills
May replied: 'There has been an attempt to defray against what has been
seized. This is something we have asked officials to look at.'
Last week, the Prime Minister and the King of Jordan met and discussed finding a way to get Qatada out of the country.
Mr Vaz also asked if King Abdullah was committed to 'take back Abu Qatada'.
The Home Secretary said: 'The support from Jordan continues to be as good as it has been throughout the process. They’ve been very supportive.
'From the Jordanian point of view they’ve made changes in the constitution to the use of evidence obtained through torture.
'They want to show that’s had an impact.'
Referring to MI5 papers found in Libya revealing that Qatada had issued a fatwa – an Islamic ruling that can include a death sentence – against UK and US citizens, Mr Vaz asked if he could be prosecuted in this country.
Ms May said she was satisfied that it was not currently possible.