Abu Qatada's solicitor Gareth Peirce welcomed the ruling that the cleric could be released, saying:
It is important to reaffirm this country's position that we abhor the use of torture and a case that was predicated upon evidence from witnesses who have been tortured is rejected - rejected by the courts of this country as by the European Court.
We clearly agree with the decision, but it is important to emphasise the fundamental rules of law that we subscribe to. To that extent, it is important for other cases, not just for this case.
Successive governments have tried for years to deport him but Qatada has fought them every step of the way. What next in the ongoing battle?
The terror suspect smiled as he arrived home, having been freed from jail as a result of a win in the latest round of his deportation fight.
Terror suspect Abu Qatada will be released from prison today after winning the latest round in his fight against deportation to Jordan.