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May signs Jordan Qatada treaty

The Home Secretary Theresa May has said she had signed "fair trial guarantees" with Jordan that she believes will reassure British courts that torture evidence would not be used against Abu Qatada, allowing his deportation from the UK.

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Qatada deportation battle at the Court of Appeal

Siac upheld Qatada's appeal on the grounds that evidence gained through torture could still be used against him. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Theresa May's appeal against the decision to allow Abu Qatada to stay in the UK is due to be heard today.

The legal move follows a ruling by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) that Qatada should not be deported to Jordan on the grounds that evidence gained through torture could still be used against him, which would deny him the right to a fair trial.

The Home Office applied to Siac for permission to appeal against this decision, but it was turned down.

As a result, the Government has applied to the Court of Appeal.

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