Qatada legal aid bill tops 500k

The legal aid bill for terror suspect Abu Qatada stands at more than £500,000 and is still rising, the Government has disclosed.

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Justice Minister reveals Qatada's legal aid claims

The amount of legal aid terror suspect Abu Qatada has received was revealed to Labour MP Valerie Vaz in a written parliamentary answer by Justice Minister Jeremy Wright.

He said:

The Legal Services Commission (LSC) is the body with operational responsibility for legal aid in England and Wales.

The LSC have not received final claims from Abu Qatada's solicitors, but have confirmed that they had provided £515,778 in legal aid funding to Abu Qatada as of December 5.

– Justice Minister Jeremy Wright

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