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Option to withdraw from convention 'must remain'

The Home Secretary says the option of Britain withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights should "remain on the table". Theresa May says she wants to prevent another long deportation battle - as seen with terror suspect Abu Qatada - from happening again.

Home Secretary Theresa May addressing the Commons this afternoon
Home Secretary Theresa May addressing the Commons this afternoon Credit: HoC TV

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Jordanian analyst on Abu Qatada's return

Jordanian political analyst Dr Amer Alsabaileh has given his reaction to Abu Qatada's deportation from the UK to Jordan.

"I think the Jordanian government will deal with it in a very strict way, it has been more than 12 years that they have been waiting to put him on trial".

Dr Alsabaileh also said the government's main challenge ahead is "how to deal with his [Qatada's] followers on the street".

Abu Qatada detained in Jordan

Muwaqar I, a prison in Amman's south eastern industrial suburb of Sahab. Credit: ITV News

Radical cleric Abu Qatada pleaded innocent to terrorism charges in Jordan, his lawyer said.

A prosecutor said Qatada will be held at Muwaqar I, a prison in Amman's south eastern industrial suburb of Sahab.

A prosecutor said Abu Qatada will be detained at the Muwaqar I prison. Credit: ITV News

Father: 'They might release my son after a few days'

Mahmoud Othman Omar, the father of radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada. Credit: Reuters

Mahmoud Othman Omar, the father of radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada, told ITV News that authorities in Jordan "might release his son after a few days" after he was deported from the UK in the early hours.

When he arrived in Jordan, Qatada was taken by masked anti-terror officers to a military court on the outskirts of the capital Amman where he was charged with conspiring to carry out al Qaida-linked attacks.

His father said: "Everything is fine and they might release my son after a few days. Thank God he's doing fine. Everything is perfect. They are treating him in a kind way."

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Deported Abu Qatada faces terror charges in Jordan

Abu Qatada has finally faced terror charges in Jordan after a near-decade long battle to deport the radical cleric came to a tense close.

Under cover of darkness, the 53-year-old, dressed in robes and headscarf, was escorted by Scotland Yard police officers onto a private flight from RAF Northolt, in west London, in the early hours of this morning.

Upon arrival in the blistering Jordanian heat, the father-of-five was taken by masked anti-terror officers to a military court on the outskirts of the capital Amman where he was charged with conspiring to carry out al Qaida-linked attacks.

Qatada's family wait outside the court in Jordan

Family members of radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada stand near the State Security Court in Amman. Credit: Reuters

Qatada was taken in a green SUV, escorted by a 12-car convoy containing masked anti-terrorism police, to the nearby military State Security Court in a sealed-off street on the outskirts of the Jordanian capital Amman, the Associated Press reported.

Abu Qatada's father, Mahmoud, and an unidentified relative stood at the entrance of the court building, but were not allowed to enter.

"I have nothing to say, except that my son is innocent and I hope the court will set him free," Qatada's father told AP.

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