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Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, has made the following comments in response to the European Court of Human Rights decision to reject Abu Qatada's bid to appeal his deportation.
In a statement, Abu Qatada's lawyers Birnberg Peirce said:
Barrister and former government legal adviser, Carl Gardner, has said of the European Court of Human Rights' decision to reject Abu Qatada's appeal :
The shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has welcomed the European Court of Human Rights' decision to rejected Abu Qatada's appeal, saying "we all want him deported to Jordan to stand trial there as soon as possible."
But she added that it was "very worrying" that the Courts confirmed the Home Secretary got the appeal deadline from the court's original decision wrong.
Mrs Cooper said: "That's a major mistake that could have created a loophole and caused all kinds of problems.
"I think the Home Secretary should apologise for that and make sure lessons are learnt in the handling of such a serious case."
Prime Minister David Cameron's official spokesman has said of today's Abu Qatada ruling:
Asked whether Mr Cameron was embarrassed at the court's finding that the Government got the timing of the deadline for Qatada's appeal wrong, the spokesman said:
Terror suspect Abu Qatada's lawyers have applied for a bail hearing before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, a spokesman for the Judicial Communications Office has said.
Kate Allen, director of Amnesty International UK, has said the European Court of Human Rights decision on Abu Qatada's appeal is "disappointing and a missed opportunity".
Qatada's legal team was challenging the court's decision that the 51-year-old could be sent back to Jordan with diplomatic assurances that he would not be tortured.
It is separate from the court's initial bar on deportation which required the Government to first get assurances from Jordan that evidence gained through torture would not be used against Qatada if he is sent back.
Repeated failed attempts by UK governments over the last 10 years to deport the radical cleric have cost nearly £1 million in legal fees, Government figures show.
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Terror suspect Abu Qatada has lost his attempt to make a final deportation appeal to European judges.
The prospect of Abu Qatada being sent to Jordan for trial is getting closer but it could still be some months away.