If the Court in Strasbourg had decided the other way, we would already have had 97 ROG threads of spluttering outrage. The silence of the Forum thus far on this topic rather demonstrates the point that "bloke does blag, gets banged up" is not news or discussion-worthy, whereas the much rarer "bloke gets away with it" provokes heated debate and much purpleness of face.
Just as the Court got it right on Abu Qatada (don't rely on evidence obtained by torture - it's not British), so the Court has got it right on Abu Hamza (uber-tough prisons do not amount to torture - off you go and face trial in the US). The Daily Mail must be spitting blood.
Delaying tactics by the git's lawyers have undoubtedly delayed things, but the two governments, US and UK, may also have dragged their feet. Also, the Strasbourg backlog of cases (mostly from`Eastern Europe, not the UK, which wins most of its cases in Strasbourg) has not helped.
The system gets it right more often than not. The assumption here is often to the contrary.
The Daily Mail's take on this is pretty hilarious:-
He ain"t gone yet--if ever.--and no doubt mrs beardy will continue to live here drawing her weekly benefits. Still thousands of other criminals making endless appeals--making lawyers richer--and of course the literally hundreds of thousands of disappeared illegals. Apparently our border controls are not fit for purpose--words of keith vaz-not mine--well there"s a surprise.