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Qatada loses deportation appeal bid

Abu Qatada loses deportation appeal bid Credit: London Media

Radical cleric Abu Qatada has lost his eleventh hour bid to avoid deportation from the UK to Jordan.

His request for an appeal hearing was rejected by the European Court of Human Rights, despite a ruling that his application was made in time.

The ruling clears the way for deportation proceedings against the Jordanian terror suspect, who's been described by a judge as Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe.

Judges to consider Abu Qatada case

Europe's human rights judges will meet today to consider whether Jordanian terror suspect Abu Qatada's appeal over deportation should be allowed to go ahead.

Five judges will hold talks on whether the case should be heard by the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

However, they may not reach their final decision today and, even if they do, they may not announce it until later, a spokesman for the court said.

They are also unlikely ever to reveal any reasons for their decision.