Abu Qatada denied bail

The terror suspect Abu Qatada has been denied bail by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission while he contests deportation to Jordan to face trial.

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Labour: Right that 'Qatada should remain behind bars'

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.

– Chris Bryant, Shadow Immigration Minister


Home Office: 'Pleased' Qatada has been refused bail

The Home Office's Director of Communications has tweeted his reaction to the news that Abu Qatada has been refused bail to appeal against his deportation:


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.


We intend to remove Qatada as quickly as possible. The assurances we have secured from the Jordanian Government will allow us to do that.

Conservative MP: 'Madness' over Qatada bail ruling

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.