Al Qaeda militants have warned the UK it will be attacked if it deports firebrand cleric Abu Qatada.
By Tom Whitehead, Security Editor
10:10PM BST 20 Apr 2012
Al-Shabaab, the Somali based group linked to the terror network, said there would be “disaster” for the British public if Qatada is sent back to Jordan.
Last week al Qaeda itself warned it would “open the gates of evil” if the Government continues with the deportation.
The warning came as it emerged Theresa May could learn next month whether the Home Office blundered over the appeal deadline for Qatada.
A panel of European judges is expected to sit in May to decide whether the cleric’s application was in time – and whether he has a case for an appeal, sources said.
Liberal Democrats said the deadline fiasco, which has allowed Qatada to further delay his deportation, had been an “Olympic-standard screw up”
And Labour piled the pressure on the Home Secretary to explain what assurances were sought from Strasbourg that the Home Office was working to the correct time frame.