NEIGHBOURS have been surprised to learn that recently released terror suspect Abu Qatada is living in Brent.
Abu Qatada, a Jordanian national whose real name is Omar Othman, is under some of the strictest bail conditions possible set by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission and is confined to his house with his family for 22 hours a day.
Neighbours in the quiet residential street and surrounding area were unaware the terror suspect was living in the area.
Mr Ahmed, who did not want to give his full name, said: “He should live peacefully in the community. Some people use the name of Islam to preach violence and these things but that is not what Islam teaches.”
Idris Nabizada said: “He should not be held without any proof of what he has done, he might be a good man, but so far there has been no proof.”
Abu Qatada, who came to the UK in 1993, reportedly lives with his wife and five children and has constant police supervision.
He is not allowed access to a phone or the internet.
Controversy has surrounded his release from Long Lartin prison, where he has been held for the last six and a half years without charge.
Talks with Jordan are on-going as the British government is trying to have him deported, but cannot do so according to the European Court of Human Rights as there is suspicion that the Jordanian officials obtained evidence which could be used against him by torture.
Due to reporting restrictions put in place by the courts, we are unable to publish details of Mr Qatada’s bail address or bail boundary.