17:16 PM, 24th February 2012, About 10 years ago 6
If you think you are housing the tenants from hell, spare a thought for the landlord beamed in to the media spotlight when radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada was pictured standing by the front door of his buy to let.
As far as the landlord was concerned, the house was rented by a mum and her four children.
Then, the media cavalcade surrounding the controversial preacher camped outside the landlord’s property and it transpired the mother was believed to be Qatada’s wife.
The landlord has won an order from the High Court restricting what the media can say about the landlord – for instance his name, address or any details identifying his family cannot be printed.
Qatada was freed from a British jail on bail after being held for six-and-a-half years while fighting deportation against terrorism charges in Jordan.
Lawyers won an appeal at the European Court of Human Rights blocking Qatada’s deportation over concerns that evidence against him was obtained from witnesses by torture.
The landlord told the High Court: “The media kept asking me questions, I did not know that the family were related to Abu Qatada. I did not know him. I told them I do not have the name on the contract. I have the name of a mother with four children.
“I became panicked. I can’t live like this with people chasing after me and phoning and knocking at my door. I don’t want my family dragged into this.
“I can’t deal with this. This is the worst day. I don’t know if it will get worse again but this can’t go on. I can’t allow the mother and children to stay in the house if things are like this. I will have to serve notice.”
Qatada sought asylum after arriving in Britain in 1993, but was convicted in his absence in Jordan of involvement in two terrorist conspiracies in 1999.
He was detained in 2002, when an immigration court described him as a “truly dangerous individual”, after he proclaimed fatwas – or religious rulings – supporting the killing of non-Muslims.
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