- Qatada claims he won’t get fair trial abroad but Britain wants him deported
- He was once described by judge as Bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe
- Terror suspect was convicted of terrorism in Jordan in his absence in 1999
- Qatada’s QC: ‘No reasonable prospect of lawful removal in reasonable time’
- Cleric will be under a 16-hour curfew and allowed out from 8am to 4pm
- Theresa May: ‘It’s deeply unsatisfactory he hasn’t already been deported’
By Mark Duell
PUBLISHED: 07:16 EST, 12 November 2012 | UPDATED: 11:41 EST, 12 November 2012
Terror suspect Abu Qatada today won his appeal against deportation to Jordan to face trial and will be released tomorrow after being granted bail.
It’s a huge setback for the Government which has been trying to get him out of the UK for a decade.
The radical cleric, once described by a judge as Osama Bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe, has been fighting extradition to Jordan, where he was convicted of terror charges in his absence in 1999.
Terror suspect: Abu Qatada (pictured in April) has won his appeal against deportation to Jordan to face trial
An immigration appeals court blocked the deportation because judges were not convinced that no evidence obtained through torture would be used against Qatada in Jordan.
Special Immigration Appeals Commission judges said the British government ‘has not satisfied us that …there is no real risk’ that statements obtained under torture would not be used at a trial abroad.
Qatada – whose lawyers had previously insisted that he would not get a fair trial in Jordan – was allowed to stay in Britain in 1994, but the Government desperately wants him deported.