Abu Qatada appeal

Home Secretary Theresa May's appeal against the decision to allow radical preacher Abu Qatada to stay in the UK is due to be heard on Monday.

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Decision due on Abu Qatada

Cleric Abu Qatada and Theresa May
Cleric Abu Qatada and Theresa May Credit: PA

Home Secretary Theresa May's appeal against the decision to allow radical preacher Abu Qatada to stay in the UK is due to be heard today, two days after a judge sent him back to jail for allegedly breaching bail terms

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Lord Blair: Cases like Qatada make dangerous politics

Former commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Lord Blair told Sky News that "hard cases" like the deportation of Abu Qatada should not mean scrapping the Human Rights Act or leaving the European Court of Human Rights.

This does seem to me an extraordinary idea. Hard cases like Abu Qatada make bad law and make dangerous politics.

I have worked with five home secretaries, all of whom have been dealing with Abu Qatada and all of whom have been frustrated by it.

But one or two of these really difficult cases doesn't mean that we should withdraw from a treaty which British lawyers drew up in the 1940s after the Second World War.

Where do we go next? Do we withdraw from the United Nations?

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Judges to hear May's Qatada appeal on Monday

Home Secretary Theresa May.
Home Secretary Theresa May. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Home Secretary Theresa May's appeal against the decision to allow radical preacher Abu Qatada to stay in the UK is due to be heard tomorrow.

Three Court of Appeal judges led by Lord Dyson, the Master of the Rolls, will hear the challenge.

The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) decided last November that Qatada could not lawfully be deported to Jordan, where he was convicted of terror charges in his absence in 1999.

Siac judges ruled there was a danger that evidence from Qatada's former co-defendants Abu Hawsher and Al-Hamasher, said to have been obtained by torture, could be used against him in a retrial in Jordan.

They said: "The Secretary of State has not satisfied us that, on a retrial, there is no real risk that the impugned statements of Abu Hawsher and Al-Hamasher would be admitted probatively against the appellant."

Read: More on radical preacher Abu Qatada who is in custody following his arrest for allegedly breaking his bail conditions.

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Report: Abu Qatada led away from home in handcuffs

Qatada is due in court on Monday for Theresa May's latest bid to rid him from the UK. Credit: Press Association

Abu Qatada was arrested outside his home by UK Border Agency officials, according to The Sun, which has published photos of him being led away with his hands hidden under a jacket.

The newspaper has claimed he was handcuffed.

Qatada, who has been convicted of terror charges in Jordon, is due to appear at the Court of Appeal on Monday for Home Secretary Theresa May's bid to overturn a judge's decision to allow him to stay in the UK.

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Recap: Abu Qatada's fight against deportation

Abu Qatada was held at Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire until November. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Once described by a Spanish judge as "Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe", Abu Qatada has used human rights laws to fight deportation for more than a decade.

The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) decided last November that Qatada could not lawfully be deported to Jordan, where he was convicted of terror charges in his absence in 1999.

SIAC judges ruled there was a danger that evidence from Qatada's former co-defendants Abu Hawsher and Al-Hamasher, said to have been obtained by torture, could be used against him in a retrial in Jordan.

He was granted bail following the ruling by three SIAC judges and released from HMP Long Lartin, returning to his family home in London.

However, on Monday the Government will challenge the decision in front of three Court of Appeal judges led by Lord Dyson, the Master of the Rolls.

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