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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Number 10 spokesman: 'We are obviously very pleased with the decision'

Prime Minister David Cameron's official spokesman has said of today's Abu Qatada ruling:

"We are obviously very pleased with the decision. It means that the case will now be heard in a British court and it is clearly our intention still to deport this man.

"We believe the assurances we have from the Jordanian government are sufficient."

Asked whether Mr Cameron was embarrassed at the court's finding that the Government got the timing of the deadline for Qatada's appeal wrong, the spokesman said:

"We had consistent legal advice on that point, which did not change."

– Prime Minister David Cameron's official spokesman

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