The confusion caused by Abu Qatada's appeal against deportation could see him out on bail within weeks.
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.
Another twist in a political storm that has left critics questioning whether the Home Secretary has mishandled the Abu Qatada deportation
Law experts attending a conference on the future of the European Court of Human Rights believe the Home Secretary has got her dates wrong.
Clarity over Abu Qatada's appeal deadline will only come from the European judges. There will be lots of arguing over details.