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Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada will be released on bail later today after winning his appeal case yesterday.
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.
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. "
Terror suspect Abu Qatada has been granted bail after winning his appeal against deportation to Jordan at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission. He will be released tomorrow.
A judge for the Special Immigration Appeals Commission refused an application by the Home Office for permission to appeal today's ruling. However, lawyers can apply for permission at the Court of Appeal.
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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