Abu Qatada has finally left Britain to face terror charges in Jordan after nearly a decade long legal battle to deport the radical cleric.
Abu Qatada has been deported from the UK to Jordan to stand trial on terrorism charges after nearly 10 years of legal disputes.
With reports that Abu Qatada will leave the UK early on Sunday, it looks like Theresa May has finally won the battle to deport him.
Radical cleric Abu Qatada has left Belmarsh prison ahead of his deportation to Jordan to stand trial on terrorism charges.
Abu Qatada has been described as al Qaeda's spiritual leader in Europe, the most significant extremist preacher in the UK and "a truly dangerous individual".
Since the September 11 attacks, Qatada has challenged and thwarted every attempt by the UK Government to detain and deport him.
Here is a timeline of key events in his long-running battle against deportation.
- 1993 - September 16 - The Jordanian father of five, real name Omar Mahmoud Mohammed Othman, claims asylum when he arrives in Britain on a forged passport.
- 1994 - June - He is allowed to stay in Britain.
- 1999 - April - He is convicted on terror charges and sentenced to life imprisonment.
- 2001 - December - Qatada becomes one of Britain's most wanted men after going on the run from his home in west London.
- 2002 - October - He is arrested by police and detained in Belmarsh high-security jail.
- 2005 - March - Qatada is freed on conditional bail and placed on a control order.
- 2008 - April - Court of Appeal rules that deporting Qatada would breach his human rights.
- 2009 - February 18 - Qatada can be deported to Jordan to face a retrial on the terror charges.
- 2013 - June 18 - It is confirmed the King of Jordan has approved the mutual assistance treaty with the UK.
Abu Qatada is expected to be flown from Britain to Jordan in the early hours of Sunday morning, ending a ten year legal battle to have him deported.
The radical Muslim cleric, described as Osama Bin Laden's spiritual leader in Europe, is wanted in his home country on terror charges.
ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports.
Following numerous courtroom battles, it was a treaty signed between the UK and Jordan that finally secured Abu Qatada's departure, giving the radical preacher the assurances he insisted he needed to leave his taxpayer-funded home behind.
The agreement, unveiled by the Home Secretary Theresa May earlier this year, aims to allay fears that evidence extracted through torture will be used against the father-of-five at a retrial.
In a shock decision, Qatada pledged in May to leave Britain - with his family in tow - if and when the treaty was fully ratified, a process that concluded earlier this week, to the relief of many.
A near decade-long battle to remove Abu Qatada from Britain is expected to come to an end overnight when the controversial cleric finally leaves for Jordan.
After spending at least £1.7 million trying to eject the terror suspect from UK shores, the Home Office is understood to be preparing to put the 53-year-old on a military flight at RAF Northolt, west London, at around 2am tomorrow.
The Home Office has refused to confirm or deny reports that Abu Qatada is set to leave the country on Sunday.
Jordanian officials have been quoted as saying they expect Qatada to leave Britain in the early hours.
The reports come after Jordan's official Gazette published a treaty designed to trigger Qatada's deportation.
If the radical cleric were to leave the country on Sunday, it would spell an end to a near 10-year legal battle to deport Qatada from the country which has cost the taxpayer £1.7 million.
A treaty geared towards ejecting radical cleric Abu Qatada from the country has moved another step toward to full ratification.
The agreement, which aims to allay fears that evidence extracted through torture will be used against the terror suspect at a retrial, has now been published in the Jordanian government's official gazette - leaving just a handful of legal moves before the deportation process can begin.
– Security minister James Brokenshire
The publication of the Treaty in the Jordanian Official Gazette is welcome. While further steps remain, our focus is on seeing Abu Qatada on a plane to Jordan at the earliest opportunity.
Jordan's official Gazette has published the UK-Jordan treaty, which means the government could be very close to sending Abu Qatada to Jordan unless there is another appeal.
Qatada could be on a plane to Jordan this week after another hurdle is cleared through the treaty being published. The Home Secretary Theresa May could do what others could not.
Security Minister James Brokenshire welcomed the publication of the treaty, saying the focus is on seeing Abu Qatada on a plan at the "earliest opportunity."
The Government has approved a treaty designed to deport the radical cleric Abu Qatada to Jordan to stand trial on terror charges.
The agreement, announced by the Home Secretary in April, aims to allay fears that evidence extracted through torture will be used against him.
The UK parliamentary scrutiny process completed at midnight, leaving a handful of legal steps before the deportation process can begin.
Home Secretary Theresa May has previously warned that future legal challenges could further delay the deportation.
Both houses of the Jordanian parliament and the country's king have also approved the treaty.