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.
More top news
Two women had to be rushed to hospital after the driver of a 'BMW' mounted the pavement in a hit-and-run crash.
The shocking moment a cyclist was threatened by a driver with a metal baseball has been captured on a video posted online.
Music festivals and big sporting venues put on on “high alert” - one of Britain's most senior anti-terror police officers has revealed.