UK: EURO COURT HANDS OUR BENEFITS TO TERRORISTS
Benefits ‘R’ Us – coming soon to a street corner near you! These same morons voted last month against British pensioners living abroad getting increases to their pensions, but saw their way to forcing the UK to honor welfare payments to the families of suspected terrorists living in the country. Ain’t that a kick in the pants? Your hard-earned pounds going to welfare sponges who intended to murder you in your own country! Wow – only in the loony world of the political correct /progressive Marxists…How’s that EU working for you?
FAMILIES of suspected terrorists can claim thousands of pounds in benefits from British taxpayers, a European court ruled yesterday.
In a judgment that sparked a furious response, the European Court of Justice said handouts to suspects’ wives were unlikely to fund terror activities.
As a result, they can continue to claim income support, disability allowance, and child, housing and council tax benefits. And those payments should not be monitored by the Treasury.
The ruling means that while he was awaiting trial, the wife of hate cleric Abu Hamza, who is in custody fighting extradition to the US after serving seven years in jail for incitement to murder, was legitimately entitled to state handouts.
Taxpayers have already spent millions keeping Hamza and his family housed, clothed and fed. His wife Najat Chaffe, 49, has claimed benefits for herself and their six children for at least 10 years.
Tory MP Philip Davies said: “Once again the human rights of suspected terrorists and their family members are put before those of law-abiding, hard-working people. At the end of the day it is the people in this country who work hard who are having to dig in their pockets and I think they are rightly sick to the back teeth of it.”
Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Once again British taxpayers are having to fork out because of a decision made by meddling and unaccountable European courts.
“The authority of our justice system has been completely undermined by this ruling. The British Government are the people we elect to decide how to spend our money, not some European court.”
While the court said wives could continue to claim benefits, it did accept that the funds of the suspects themselves should remain frozen. The case had been brought by the House of Lords after spouses of terror suspects appealed against a Treasury decision to restrict funds.
The men were on a list drawn up at the United Nations after the 9/11 attacks. The first woman, M, and her husband are Egyptian citizens with a legal right to live in the UK. The pair are disabled, have five children and are entirely dependent on benefits of more than £350 a week.
The second woman, A, had seven children with her husband, one of whom has Down’s Syndrome. Their benefits before the restrictions were almost £540 a week. The final suspect is a Tunisian man who was legally resident in the UK with his Bosnian wife. They and their four children were entitled to some £310 a week in benefits.
The court, based in Luxembourg, ruled that paying benefits to suspects’ families “does not compromise” the practice of freezing suspects’ assets.
Treasury officials had argued that the cash could be made indirectly available to the suspects themselves. The Government therefore decided to limit benefits to £10 per family member, requiring recipients to file accounts to the Treasury each month.
The case will now return to the Supreme Court in London. A Treasury spokesman said: “The Government will be considering its response to the European judgment.”
Radical Muslim clerics accused of peddling hate in the UK have been paid vast sums in benefits. They include the “Tottenham Ayotollah” Omar Bakri Mohammed, who was eventually deported five years ago.