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Abu Qatada is deported from Britain to to stand trial in Jordan

Abu Qatada leaves the UK on a flight bound for Jordan. Photo:

Abu Qatada finally left Britain today to face terror charges in Jordan after nearly a decade long legal battle to deport the radical cleric.

Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "absolutely delighted", and that Qatada's continued presence here had made his "blood boil".

In the early hours of this morning, the 53-year-old, dressed in robes and headscarf, was escorted by Scotland Yard police officers onto a private flight from RAF Northolt, in west London.

ITV News Correspondent Romily Weeks reports.

Upon his arrival in Jordan, the father-of-five was taken by masked anti-terror officers to a military court on the outskirts of the capital Amman where he was charged with conspiring to carry out al Qaeda-linked attacks.

Relatives of Qatada were seen waiting outside the court in anticipation of his arrival.

Family members of radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada stand near the State Security Court in Amman. Credit: Reuters

Abu Qatada's father, Mahmoud Othman Omar told ITV News that authorities in Jordan "might release his son after a few days".

He added: "Thank God he's doing fine. Everything is perfect. They are treating him in a kind way."

Mahmoud Othman Omar, the father of radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada. Credit: Reuters

Qatada's departure prompted a wave of relief throughout Westminster as the controversial preacher could have challenged his removal at the last minute.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: "This is something this Government said it would get done and we have got it done, and it is an issue that, like the rest of the country, has made my blood boil".

Home Secretary Theresa May added: "I am glad that this government's determination to see him on a plane has been vindicated".

Yvette Cooper MP, Labour's shadow home secretary, welcomed the news that Abu Qatada had been deported to Jordan.

She said: "This is extremely welcome - it means Abu Qatada can stand fair trial in Jordan for the serious terrorism charges he faces there, so justice can be done.

Labour's shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper. Credit: PA Wire

"There have been continual delays in the legal process both in this country and in Europe that have been deeply frustrating for all Governments. We must ensure that delays like this do not last for so long in future and that the system is reformed to make it faster", she added.

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