Sunday, 10 March 2013

Theresa May in legal bid to eject hate cleric Abu Qatada

HOME Secretary Theresa May will today launch her latest bid to boot hate cleric Abu Qatada out of Britain.

By: James McCloskey, Daily Express

Lawyers will appear before the Court of Appeal to try to overturn an earlier ruling barring Mrs May from deporting him to Jordan.

The Islamic extremist, once dubbed Osama Bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe, was convicted of terror charges in his absence in 1999 but the Jordanian government want to retry him.

But last November the Special Immigration Appeals Commission ruled that deporting Qatada, 52, would breach his human rights.

Qatada was sent back to Belmarsh prison on Saturday over an alleged breach of bail conditions.

He had been held over claims mobile phones or other communications equipment had been switched on at his taxpayer-funded house.

Around £100,000 has been spent on round-the- clock surveillance at the London house since last November.

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