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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.


Qatada deportation process 'immensely frustrating'

Abu Qatada leaves the UK on a flight bound for Jordan.

The Prime Minister said that the lengthy deportation process and repeated appeals had been "immensely frustrating", and that plans were under way to simplify the process through the Immigration Bill.

Asked about suggestions the UK should withdraw from the European Court of Human Rights, he said: "It is important that Britain meets proper international obligations - and we do - but frankly when it comes to these cases I don't rule anything out in terms of getting this better for the future."

He also said that the Conservatives would set out "the right steps to deal with this" in its next manifesto.

Mr Cameron said: "I don't pre-judge what they will be but the one thing I am certain of is that if you have someone in your country, who has come here and threatens your country, who you can deport to a safe country, you should be able to do that and it shouldn't take so long.

"You will read in the next Conservative manifesto the steps that will be necessary to make sure that in future you can deport people who threaten your country more quickly.

"That's the key outcome and I have always said this: that whatever it takes to deliver that outcome, the next Conservative Government will do."

Shadow home secretary welcomes Qatada deportation

Labour's shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper. Credit: PA Wire

Yvette Cooper MP, Labour's shadow home secretary, welcomed the news that Abu Qatada had been deported to Jordan.

She said: "This is extremely welcome - it means Abu Qatada can stand fair trial in Jordan for the serious terrorism charges he faces there, so justice can be done.

"There have been continual delays in the legal process both in this country and in Europe that have been deeply frustrating for all Governments. We must ensure that delays like this do not last for so long in future and that the system is reformed to make it faster.

"The Government has done the right thing by continuing to pursue this until Abu Qatada could finally be deported. The Home Secretary has been right to get further guarantees from Jordan and we should welcome the series of agreements from the Jordanian Government too."


MPs congratulate Home Sec on Qatada deportation

PM 'absolutely delighted' Qatada deported

The Prime Minister said he was "absolutely delighted" that Abu Qatada had been deported to Jordan.

He said: "This is something this government said it would get done and we have got it done and it's an issue, like the rest of the country, that has made my blood boil.

"That this man who has no right to be in our country, who is a threat to our country, and then it was so long and so difficult to deport him. We've done it. He's back in Jordan and that's excellent news."

Deporting Abu Qatada 'priority' for government

The Prime Minister has said that deporting radical cleric Abu Qatada was a "priority" for the government.

His plane left RAF Northolt at 02:45 BST to take him to his home country of Jordan, which he has not visited in 20 years.

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