Abu Qatada 'could be out on bail in weeks'

The confusion caused by Abu Qatada's appeal against deportation could see him out on bail within weeks.

Abu Qatada leaves the Special Immigration Appeals Commission Credit: Reuters

The Home Secretary Theresa May insisted the application by Qatada's lawyers to prevent him being sent to Jordan should be thrown out by the European Court of Human Rights because it missed a three-month appeal deadline.

But Labour has released advice from the research department of the Council of Europe - which is responsible for the court - suggesting it may have just beaten it.