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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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What next for the government over Abu Qatada?

The Home Office said it was 'disappointed' by the Court of Appeal's decision. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The Government has been refused permission to take its fight to remove preacher Abu Qatada from the UK to the Supreme Court, but the affair is not at an end.

The Home Office will now request permission to appeal directly to the Supreme Court.

Three Supreme Court justices are expected to consider that appeal, which is set to be presented on paper rather than in the form of a full hearing.

The decision could be overturned if the justices are convinced there is a "point of law of general public importance".

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