Abu Qatada costs include £645,000 legal aid bill

In a letter to the Home Affairs Select Committee, Theresa May said the £1,716,306 figure includes the terror suspect's legal aid costs of £647,658, as well as more than £1 million in Home Office costs for pursuing the case through the courts.

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Qatada legal costs reach £1.7m

The legal costs to the public purse of attempting to remove radical cleric Abu Qatada since 2005 total £1,716,306, the Home Secretary has said in a letter to MPs.