The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday awarded 2,800 euros in compensation to radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada for his wrongful detention in Britain following the September 11 attacks.
The court also awarded damages of up to 3,900 euros to ten others who like Qatada were suspected of supporting the Al-Qaeda network and were taken into custody in the aftermath of the 2001 attacks on the United States.
Qatada, a Jordanian, was once labelled Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe.
The court said it had taken into account that the special measures under which the detentions were made aimed to balance protecting the British public from terrorist acts against the obligation not to return people to countries where they might be mistreated.
It seems the European Human rights treaty is just a charter for criminals.