Abu Qatada appeal due

Home Secretary Theresa May's appeal against the decision to allow radical preacher Abu Qatada to stay in the UK will begin today - three days after he was arrested for breaching bail conditions.

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Recap: Abu Qatada's fight against deportation

Abu Qatada was held at Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire until November. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Once described by a Spanish judge as "Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe", Abu Qatada has used human rights laws to fight deportation for more than a decade.

The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) decided last November that Qatada could not lawfully be deported to Jordan, where he was convicted of terror charges in his absence in 1999.

SIAC judges ruled there was a danger that evidence from Qatada's former co-defendants Abu Hawsher and Al-Hamasher, said to have been obtained by torture, could be used against him in a retrial in Jordan.

He was granted bail following the ruling by three SIAC judges and released from HMP Long Lartin, returning to his family home in London.

However, on Monday the Government will challenge the decision in front of three Court of Appeal judges led by Lord Dyson, the Master of the Rolls.

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