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May: Action over 'crazy' reading of human rights laws

Terror suspect Abu Qatada was deported to Jordan yesterday. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The Home Secretary says action must be taken to address the "crazy interpretation of our human rights laws" - as seen with terror suspect Abu Qatada - to prevent lengthy and expensive deportation battles from happening again.

Theresa May told MPs: "I have made clear my view that in the end the Human Rights Act must be scrapped."

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Abu Qatada to apply for bail in Jordan

Abu Qatada is set to apply for bail in Jordan today, his lawyer said. The radical cleric was finally deported to the country in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Qatada's lawyer told reporters he would apply for bail after he was charged with plotting al-Qaida inspired terror attacks and detained in a prison in Jordan's capital Amman.

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Jordanian analyst on Abu Qatada's return

Jordanian political analyst Dr Amer Alsabaileh has given his reaction to Abu Qatada's deportation from the UK to Jordan.

"I think the Jordanian government will deal with it in a very strict way, it has been more than 12 years that they have been waiting to put him on trial".

Dr Alsabaileh also said the government's main challenge ahead is "how to deal with his [Qatada's] followers on the street".

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Abu Qatada detained in Jordan

Muwaqar I, a prison in Amman's south eastern industrial suburb of Sahab. Credit: ITV News

Radical cleric Abu Qatada pleaded innocent to terrorism charges in Jordan, his lawyer said.

A prosecutor said Qatada will be held at Muwaqar I, a prison in Amman's south eastern industrial suburb of Sahab.

A prosecutor said Abu Qatada will be detained at the Muwaqar I prison. Credit: ITV News
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Deported Abu Qatada faces terror charges in Jordan

Abu Qatada has finally faced terror charges in Jordan after a near-decade long battle to deport the radical cleric came to a tense close.

Under cover of darkness, 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, in the early hours of this morning.

Upon arrival in the blistering Jordanian heat, 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 Qaida-linked attacks.

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Qatada deportation process 'immensely frustrating'

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

The Prime Minister said that the lengthy deportation process and repeated appeals had been "immensely frustrating", and that plans were under way to simplify the process through the Immigration Bill.

Asked about suggestions the UK should withdraw from the European Court of Human Rights, he said: "It is important that Britain meets proper international obligations - and we do - but frankly when it comes to these cases I don't rule anything out in terms of getting this better for the future."

He also said that the Conservatives would set out "the right steps to deal with this" in its next manifesto.

Mr Cameron said: "I don't pre-judge what they will be but the one thing I am certain of is that if you have someone in your country, who has come here and threatens your country, who you can deport to a safe country, you should be able to do that and it shouldn't take so long.

"You will read in the next Conservative manifesto the steps that will be necessary to make sure that in future you can deport people who threaten your country more quickly.

"That's the key outcome and I have always said this: that whatever it takes to deliver that outcome, the next Conservative Government will do."

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