PM 'fed' up' over Abu Qatada

David Cameron has expressed his frustration at terror suspect Abu Qatada, saying: "I'm fed up he's still at large in the country." Qatada has been released on bail after winning the latest round in his legal fight against deportation to Jordan.

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Abu Qatada to be released with strict conditions

Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada will be released on bail later today after winning his appeal case yesterday.

Abu Qatada will be released on bail today
Abu Qatada will be released on bail today

Although he will no longer be in custody, Abu Qatada will not be free, his conditions are expected to include; being subject to a 16-hour curfew and allowed out only between 8am and 4pm, with conditions including wearing an electronic tag, not using the internet, and not contacting certain people.

Home Secretary: We will appeal Qatada bail ruling

The Home Secretary made a statement to the House of Commons strongly condemning the ruling of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) to release terror suspect Abu Qatada on bail.

Theresa May said the Government "strongly disagrees" with the decision and will appeal:

"I hardly need to tell the house that the government strongly disagrees with this ruling. Qatata a dangerous man, a suspected terrorist, who is accused of serious crimes in his home country of Jordan. "

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Worrying judgement on Qatada 'goes against assurances'

This is an extremely serious and worrying judgement which completely contradicts Theresa May's repeated assurances that she had the right legal strategy to get Abu Qatada deported to Jordan.

According to security experts, the Home Secretary and the courts this is an extremely dangerous man, and we all want him to be deported to stand fair trial abroad as soon as possible and to be held in custody in the meantime.

Yet it now appears we face the prospect of Abu Qatada walking the streets of London and remaining at liberty in this country instead. The Home Secretary is right to appeal against this worrying judgement as every avenue to secure his deportation must be pursued.

– Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary

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Home Office lawyer: 'You have made a legal error'

You have ruled that there is a real risk of the admission of evidence, where there is a real risk that this evidence was obtained by torture. That is a possibility of a possibility which falls below the legal test. You have made a legal error in setting the threshold too low. We should have the possibility to ask the Court of Appeal to consider that.

– Robin Tam QC, Home Office lawyer

Qatada's right to a fair trail 'could be breached'

Judges said Abu Qatada's right to a fair trial could be breached because evidence obtained via torture could be used during his re-trial in Jordan. However, they rejected the following two claims:

  • Qatada claimed that there was a risk that he himself would be tortured or badly treated in Jordan
  • His lawyers claimed that even if he was acquitted at re-trial, he could be kept in prison under Jordanian law if the authorities decided he was "a danger to the people"
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