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Chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee Keith Vaz said Home Office staff should have known that the three-month time limit to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights begins the day after the original decision.
Vaz said he was concerned a North London firm of legal aid solicitors had been able to "outwit" the Government's highly paid barristers.
The Home Secretary Theresa May heard arguments from within her party to stick "two fingers to the ECHR", "withdraw from the European Convention" and "repeal the Human Rights Act."
The comments come as May was questioned over the right for Abu Qatada to make a last minute appeal against being deported to Jordan on the grounds that he would be subjected to torture. MP for Broxbourne said:
May was then commended on her efforts to deport Qatada by chairman of the European Scrutiny Committee, Bill Cash.
The Home Secretary Theresa May and Labour shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper engaged in a heated exchange in the House of Commons this morning over the latest delays to the deportation of terrorist suspect Abu Qatada.
The Speaker of the House of Commons was forced to intervene several times to restore order as members of both parties got rather rowdy during the heated exchange.
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has said the "confusion" over the appeal time limit for Abu Qatada has turned into a "farce" and criticised the Home Secretary for "partying with X Factor judges" as Qatada's lawyers launched their appeal.
The Home Secretary insisted the appeal was launched after the deadline expired at midnight on Monday, but that the court had no automatic way of rejecting it on those grounds.She told MPs:
"Despite the progress we have made the process of deporting Qatada is likely to take many months."
The Home Secretary Theresa May says that Abu Qatada has been using delaying tactics to avoid deportation since 2002, and that his appeal to the European Court of Human Rights is another such tactic.
In a statement to the House of Commons Theresa May said:
Conservative backbench MP Mark Pritchard has hit out at the European Court of Human Rights amid the "confusion" over Abu Qatada's appeal deadline. He said:
"The European Court of Human Rights is close to making a mockery of the Government - but the problems really start if the ECHR leads to British voters mocking the Government."
The Home Secretary Theresa May has insisted in a letter to parliament this morning that Abu Qatada has "no right" to refer his case to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.
She said the Government will resist any application he might make for bail, but admitted that his deportation will take longer than hoped. She said:
"Despite the progress we have made, the process of deporting Abu Qatada is likely to take many months."
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