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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.

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Labour's Keith Vaz: 'We must not allow this embarrassing situation to occur again'

Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, has made the following comments in response to the European Court of Human Rights decision to reject Abu Qatada's bid to appeal his deportation.

"The deportation of Abu Qatada is long overdue. I welcome the European Court's decision today.

"However, I am very concerned by the inability of the Home Office legal team to provide the Home Secretary with the correct legal advice.

"When the Home Secretary herself came before the House and the Home Affairs Select Committee last month she was adamant that Abu Qatada had missed the appeal deadline.

"We now know that this was incorrect. She must act swiftly to deport Abu Qatada and to review what went wrong within her legal team. We must not allow this embarrassing situation to occur again."

– Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee

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