Former government lawyer: 'big obstacle' to Abu Qatada's deportation removed

Barrister and former government legal adviser, Carl Gardner, has said of the European Court of Human Rights' decision to reject Abu Qatada's appeal :

This was the big obstacle to deportation, and I think now you would have to say it is likely in the end that although he won't be on a plane within days, Qatada will ultimately be returned to Jordan."

– Carl Gardner, barrister and former government adviser

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Qatada appeal rejected

Judges at the European Court of Human Rights have rejected Abu Qatada's bid to have his appeal against deportation to his native Jordan heard. The radical cleric lodged the request hours after the Home Secretary announced the move last month.