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Britain Loses Bid To Deport Radical Cleric Abu Qatada

posted 27 Mar 2013, 06:15 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 27 Mar 2013, 06:15 ]

The British government loses its long-running legal battle to deport radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada, wanted in his native Jordan for terrorism charges in 1999, whom successive administrations have failed to get rid of.

WORCESTERSHIRE, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM  (ITN) -  The British government on Wednesday (March 27) lost its long-running legal battle to deport radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada, who is wanted in his native Jordan after having been convicted of terrorism charges in 1999.

Successive British governments have tried for years to get rid of the cleric, who has been in and out of jail since first being arrested in 2001, but concerns that he might not receive a fair re-trial in Jordan have foiled deportation efforts.

Abu Qatada won a last minute appeal against deportation last November and earlier this month was arrested and jailed again for breaching bail conditions prohibiting the use of mobile phones and other communications equipment in his house.

Home Secretary (interior minister) Theresa May's legal team have argued in court that he is a "truly dangerous" individual who has escaped expulsion only through errors of law.

But at the Court of Appeal on Wednesday, three judges unanimously rejected the government's appeal against November's decision allowing him to stay.


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