The Government has been refused permission to take its fight to remove hate preacher Abu Qatada from the UK to the highest court in the land, the Judicial Office said today.
Permission to appeal to the Supreme Court was refused by the Court of Appeal.
The Government's latest move came after judges rejected the latest in a long line of attempts to deport the terror suspect to Jordan.
In March, the Court of Appeal backed an earlier ruling that Qatada could not be deported over fears that evidence obtained through torture would be used against him.
A spokesman for the Judicial Office said the Court of Appeal had confirmed that that it had refused permission for the Home Secretary to appeal to the Supreme Court.
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