The Government says the legal fight to deport Abu Qatada to Jordan is not over, despite suffering another setback.
The Home Secretary's legal team argued Qatada was a "truly dangerous" individual who had only escaped deportation through "errors of law". But today three Judges dismissed a challenge which means Qatada can stay in the UK.
- Abu Qatada was convicted of terror charges in Jordan in 1999
- But the Special Immigration Appeals Commission says there is a risk evidence obtained through torture will be used against him at a retrial
- The Home Secretary appealed and disputed that claim
- But that was dismissed by Judges unanimously today
Lord Dyson, sitting with Lord Justice Richards and Lord Justice Elias, said the court accepted that Qatada "is regarded as a very dangerous person", but that was not "a relevant consideration" under human rights laws.
The legal costs of fighting this case have so far cost the British taxpayer £1 million. Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee said after seven years, successive Home Secretaries had failed to deport Qatada, which meant it was time to look at new avenues.