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May signs agreement with Jordan over Abu Qatada

The Home Secretary has confirmed that she has signed a "comprehensive mutual legal assistance" agreement with Jordan which could aid efforts to deport radical cleric Abu Qatada.

Theresa May said the agreement is "fully reciprocal and offers considerable advantages to both countries, and reflects our joint commitment to tacking international crime".

"I believe that the treaty we have agreed with Jordan - once ratified by both parliaments - will finally make possible the deportation of Abu Qatada.

"But as I have warned the House before, even when the treaty is fully ratified, it will not mean that Qatada will be on a plane to Jordan within days".