ABU QATADA WAS DEPORTED FROM THE UK TO FACE TRIAL IN JORDAN
The countries signed a treaty agreeing that evidence obtained through torture wouldn't be used against the cleric
Abu Qatada and escort prior to take off, Sunday, July 7. Image via
After eight years of legal battles and media coverage, radical cleric Abu Qatada was deported from the UK to his home country of Jordan.
First arrested in 2001 over alleged terror connections, Qatada had been fighting extradition since 2005, claiming he would be tortured were he to be sent back to Jordan – the same reason he was granted asylum in the UK in 1994.
However, after the UK and Jordan signed a treaty agreeing that any evidence obtained through torture would not be admissible in court, Qatada was driven to RAF Northolt from Belmarsh prison and flown to Amman, Jordan's capital.
Upon his return, he almost immediately appeared in court, where he denied conspiracy charges to carry out terrorist acts on Israeli and American tourists in Jordan.
Home Secretary Theresa May said she had been "as frustrated as the public" about the estimated £1.7 million cost and amount of time it took to deport Qatada, while David Cameron said that it had, "made [his] blood boil" that the cleric had remained in the UK for so long.
Qatada has been remanded in custody for 15 days and has claimed, according to his lawyer, that he returned to Jordan "out of his own free will, in order to be with his family".
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A BRAZILIAN REFEREE WAS BEHEADED AFTER STABBING A FOOTBALL PLAYER
Which doesn't seem like the kind of thing a referee should do
In what's a promising sign for next year's Brazilian World Cup, a referee was dismembered in a Brazilian town after fatally stabbing a player for not getting off the pitch fast enough.
Otavio da Silva was refereeing an amateur game in the state of Maranhao and gave Josenir dos Santos a red card. When dos Santos refused to leave the field, da Silva – as you are taught to do on your first day of referee school – stabbed the player.
Why da Silva had a knife on him is unclear, but it didn't prove to be much of a defence against relatives and friends of the stabbed player, who threw stones at the referee before storming the pitch and allegedly decapitating him.
So far, police have arrested a 27-year-old man in connection with the crime, but, considering the ordeal actually happened on the 30th of June, accurate reports of what happened have clearly been slow to emerge.
ANDY MURRAY CAME FIRST PLACE IN THE WIMBLEDON TENNIS COMPETITION
Presumably because Alex Salmond and Bradley Cooper were there cheering him along
Andy Murray won his first Wimbledon men's singles championship this weekend, making him the first British player to win the title since Fred Perry 77 years ago.
As the sun bore down on the mostly middle-aged, increasingly sunburnt crowd on centre court, Murray managed to beat world number one Novak Djokovic in three straight sets.
Twitter was quickly abuzz with shit jokes about Murray now definitively being "a Brit, not a Scot", that nobody should ever be able to make again.
In other Wimbledon news, BBC commentator John Inverdale apologised after saying that women's champion Marion Bartoli was, "never going to be a looker".
Which seems like an insanely unnecessary thing to say about someone live on television, but apparently had something to do with determination and was totally worth it for the agonisingly awkward on-air apology.
FATHERS4JUSTICE ARE APPARENTLY GOING TO GET MORE "EXTREME" WITH THEIR PROTESTS
Also, they still exist, which was news to many
Some fathers campaigning for justice in Peterborough. (Photo via)
Matt O'Connor, the founder of Fathers4Justice, has vowed that there will be more attacks on valuable works of art and that "people will go to prison this year".
The father's rights group went pretty quiet for about half a decade, apparently trying to fight their fight from within the system, conducting talks with politicians in an effort to change family courts policy.
However, they're back and more dedicated than ever, with one member being charged last week for gluing a photo of his son's face to John Constable's famous "The Hay Wain" painting, and another spray-painting "help" over a portrait of the Queen in Westminster Abbey last month.
O'Connor claimed that the attacks on artworks would continue in protest against British family law, and, when asked whether their protests would take place during the day, responded, "Well, most of the galleries are shut by seven."
A TEXAS MAN WAS ARRESTED FOR HAVING SEX WITH THE SAME HORSE TWICE
Star-crossed lovers, split by the cruel laws of bestiality prevention
Cirilo Castillo, a 43-year-old man from Hidalgo County Texas, has been arrested twice in the last two years for having sex with the same horse.
Last week, Castillo was arrested and charged with trespassing and cruelty to animals after allegedly breaking into his neighbours' corral and violating a mare named Nadia.
He was arrested for the same charge in January of 2012.
Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said, “The guy is practically harmless, except for the horse."