Abu Qatada arrested

Abu Qatada has been taken into custody in London and told the Home Office plan to deport him at the end of this month.

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Government plans to resist Qatada bail application

Abu Qatada Credit: Reuters

Downing Street said the Government would resist any application for bail by Abu Qatada.

"If he applies for bail, we will oppose it vigorously," a No 10 spokeswoman said.

Asked if the Prime Minister still had full confidence in Home Secretary Theresa May, the spokeswoman replied: "Yes."

She added: "It is our firm intention to see him deported." This statement comes after confusion caused by Qatada's appeal against his deportation. It means he could be released on bail within weeks.

Mrs May has said the application by Qatada's lawyers to prevent him being sent to Jordan should be thrown out by the European Court of Human Rights because it missed a three-month appeal deadline. But Labour has released advice from the Council of Europe suggesting it may have beaten the deadline.

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Qatada arrested in London this morning

Abu Qatada is driven from Long Lartin Prison in South Littleton in February. Credit: Reuters

Radical cleric Abu Qatada was arrested in London this morning.

The move came as Home Secretary Theresa May prepared to update MPs on the steps being taken to deport him to Jordan.

The 51-year-old has been described by a judge as Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe.

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