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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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Statement from Abu Qatada's lawyers on Theresa May's 'contrived political spectacle'

In a statement, Abu Qatada's lawyers Birnberg Peirce said:

"When the Secretary of State elected to rush to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission three weeks ago, claiming that all of the ills prohibiting deportation had been cured in Jordan and that Mr Othman [Abu Qatada] could be immediately deported, with the intention it seems of achieving a contrived political spectacle, she did so on a basis that was wrong factually as well as legally.

"We trust that the courts here will see the claims made by the Secretary of State in their true light, an attempt to circumvent the binding decision of the European Court on facts that have not changed, despite desperate attempts to insist otherwise."

– Abu Qatada's lawyers Birnberg Peirce

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