– Chris Bryant, Shadow Immigration Minister
It is right that Abu Qatada should remain in custody until his deportation can be secured. People want to see him deported as fast as possible, and held securely in the meantime.
The Home Secretary assured us five weeks ago that her decisions would speed up the process. She has already made basic mistakes over dates which caused delays.
Now it appears there will be further long delays but in the meantime it is right that the immigration judge has agreed that Abu Qatada should remain behind bars given, according to the Home Secretary, he is a threat to national security.
Home Office: Qatada is a dangerous man and we are pleased the court agreed with us that he should remain behind bars before he is deported.From @SWWren on Twitter:
We intend to remove Qatada as quickly as possible. The assurances we have secured from the Jordanian Government will allow us to do that.From @SWWren on Twitter:
Terror suspect Abu Qatada has been denied bail so he will stay in prison while he appeals his deportation to Jordan.
He will now remain in a maximum security prison. The risk and cost of enforcing bail during the Olympics was deemed too high.
His deportation hearing is expected in October
The Conservative MP Chris Heaton-Harris has tweeted his reaction to the news that Abu Qatada has been refused bail because freeing him would be "exceptionally problematic" during heightened security at the Olympics:
What utter madness! We can't deport Qatada because he is too dangerous to the public to be let out on bail.From @chhcalling on Twitter:
Abu Qatada was denied bail by a judge who said it would be "exceptionally problematic" to allow the radical preacher to remain on London's streets during the Olympic Games.
Qatada will remain in a British prison for at least five months as he launches fresh action against the Government's bid to deport him.
Terror suspect Abu Qatada has been denied bail, and will stay in prison for his remaining months in the UK.
He is currently fighting extradition to Jordan, where he is wanted on terrorist charges.