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UK-Jordan agreement includes fair trial guarantees

A new agreement between the UK government and Jordan also includes a number of fair trial guarantees which will apply to anyone deported from either country, the Home Secretary has confirmed.

Home Secretary Theresa May addresses the House of Commons.

Theresa May said: "I believe these guarantees will provide the courts with the assurance that [Abu] Qatada will not face evidence that might have been obtained by torture in a retrial in Jordan".

Yesterday, the Government was refused permission to take to the Supreme Court its fight to remove Qatada from the UK.

In March, the Court of Appeal backed an earlier ruling that the radical cleric could not be deported over fears that evidence obtained through torture would be used against him.

May signs agreement with Jordan over Abu Qatada

The Home Secretary has confirmed that she has signed a "comprehensive mutual legal assistance" agreement with Jordan which could aid efforts to deport radical cleric Abu Qatada.

Theresa May said the agreement is "fully reciprocal and offers considerable advantages to both countries, and reflects our joint commitment to tacking international crime".

"I believe that the treaty we have agreed with Jordan - once ratified by both parliaments - will finally make possible the deportation of Abu Qatada.

"But as I have warned the House before, even when the treaty is fully ratified, it will not mean that Qatada will be on a plane to Jordan within days".

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Boris Johnson ‘disappointed’ by Qatada decision

Boris Johnson has hit out at the latest Abu Qatada decision. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

London Mayor Boris Johnson has joined those who have expressed disappointment over the latest setback in attempts to deport Abu Qatada.

He said: "This decision is disappointing and perplexing and unfair on London taxpayers, who are footing the bill.

"Abu Qatada’s deportation is long overdue.

“The Home Office decision to appeal directly to the Supreme Court is welcome but must happen alongside expedited discussions between the Government and the Jordanians to ensure he receives a fair trial."

Theresa May criticised by Tory colleague over Qatada

Mark Reckless says the European Court has moved the goalposts over Qatada. Credit: ITV News

Conservative MP Mark Reckless has criticised Theresa May’s legal strategy over the attempted deportation of Abu Qatada – but added that she has one more chance to succeed.

He said: “The Home Secretary has pursued throughout the wrong legal strategy, she’s got one last chance and what she needs to do is to put the key constitutional questions to the Supreme Court – who has the last word, Strasbourg or the Supreme Court?

"If she does that, I think she can still win.”

The Court of Appeal turned down May’s attempt to take to the Supreme Court her fight to have Qatada deported and she will now appeal directly to the highest court in the country.

Reckless added: “There is a real chance but she needs a proper point of law to argue…

“She needs to make this big constitutional argument because we can win that.”

Yvette Cooper condemns efforts to deport Qatada

Yvette Cooper says there is a risk Abu Qatada will return to the streets. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has criticised Theresa May's efforts to deport Abu Qatada, saying her strategy has "completely failed".

She said: “A year ago Theresa May promised Abu Qatada would soon be on a plane. Now it is clear her legal strategy has completely failed...

“Theresa May failed to appeal against the European Court decision last year. It is no good the Home Secretary blaming the Court when she didn't appeal when she had the chance."

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