Abu Qatada appeal hearing

A panel of judges will begin hearing an appeal by Abu Qatada to be freed while he fights extradition to Jordan.

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Immigration judge says Qatada evidence is "thin"

Some of the evidence put forward against terror suspect Abu Qatada in Jordan has been described as "extremely thin" by senior immigration judge , Mr Justice Mitting.

He is the president of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, which is considering Mr Qatada's appeal against extradition to Jordan.

The Appeals Commission will test whether sufficient assurances have been received from Jordan to ensure he gets a fair trial - rather than the strength of the case against him.


Abu Qatada timeline

1999 - Abu Qatada is convicted in his absence on terror charges in Jordan and sentenced to life imprisonment.

2005 - The preacher is arrested under immigration rules as the Government seeks to deport him to Jordan.

2008 - The Court of Appeal rules that deporting him would breach his human rights, because evidence used against him in Jordan may have been obtained through torture.

2009 - Five Law Lords rule that Qatada can be deported, on the basis of assurances from foreign governments that he will get a fair trial.

January 2012 - European judges rule that he cannot be deported while "there remains a real risk that evidence obtained by torture will be used against him", but that diplomatic assurances from Jordan would clear the way for his deportation.

April 2012 - Home Secretary Theresa May secures assurances from Jordan that it will "bend over backwards" to ensure Qatada receives a fair trial. Qatada's legal team lodges a fresh appeal attempt with Europe's human rights judges - but loses the case in May.

August 2012 - Qatada lodges a fresh attempt for freedom at the High Court.

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