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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.

May dismisses new Qatada appeal

Qatada leaving prison earlier this year Credit: Reuters

Home Secretary Theresa May tonight dismissed terror suspect Abu Qatada's latest bid to avoid deportation as a "delaying tactic."

His lawyers lodged an appeal with Europe's human rights judges, effectively blocking the Government's attempts to deport him to Jordan, just hours after he was sent back to jail.

But Mrs May insisted the radical cleric had already run out of time to appeal over the judges' original decision which was made three months ago.

Qatada's legal team claims that judges at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) were wrong when they ruled in January that he would not be at risk of torture if returned to Jordan.