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Abu Qatada returns home after bail appeal victory

Abu Qatada was met by protesters as he returned to his London home. Photo: ITV News

Terror suspect Abu Qatada smiled as he arrived home today, having been freed from jail as a result of a victory in the latest round of his fight against deportation.

Qatada was driven away from the maximum security prison HMP Long Lartin in Worcestershire late this morning in a black Volkswagen people carrier.

Within a few hours, the radical cleric was back home in north London having grinned his way past a small group of protesters who had gathered with the press pack outside the property.

Judges yesterday approved Qatada's appeal against deportation to Jordan to stand trial.

ITV News Correspondent Juliet Bremner reports.

The Prime Minister spoke of his frustration over the Abu Qatada situation during a news conference in Rome, saying he was "completely fed up".

I am completely fed up with the fact that this man is still at large in our country.

He has no right to be there, we believe he is a threat to our country.

We have moved heaven and earth to try to comply with every single dot and comma of every single convention to get him out of our country.

– Prime Minister David Cameron
A media scrum was present for the radical cleric's ignominious homecoming. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Qatada will be subject to a 16-hour curfew and allowed out between 8am and 4pm, with conditions including wearing an electronic tag, not using the internet, and not contacting certain people.

The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) said that, despite assurances from the Arab kingdom, it could not be sure that evidence from witnesses who had been tortured would not be included in a retrial in his homeland.

Home Secretary Theresa May confirmed the SIAC ruling will be appealed.

Abu Qatada was driven out of Long Lartin high security prison late this morning. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Mrs May, who travelled to Jordan earlier this year in a bid to pave the way for Qatada's deportation, has vowed that the Government will continue to fight to "get rid" of him.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper today called on the Government to mount the "strongest possible appeal".

The radical cleric, who was expected to return home to London, was whisked past the waiting press pack. Credit: ITV News

She said people would be horrified that a man once described as Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe is "out on Britain's streets rather than on a plane".

She earlier told Daybreak that the legal strategy to deport Qatada taken by her Government counterpart, Mrs May, had gone "very badly wrong".

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