Friday 15 December 2017

Abu Qatada loses European appeal against deportation

Abu Qatada leaves prison on Monday night. Photo: Reuters
Abu Qatada leaves prison on Monday night. Photo: Reuters

ABU Qatada has lost his appeal bid against deportation after European judges rejected his eleventh hour challenge.

A panel of five judges ruled there were no grounds to reconsider a decision that the hate cleric would not face torture if returned to Jordan, sources said.

The decision was a narrow escape for Theresa May, British Home Secretary, after the court decided the application was submitted within time.

The firebrand will remain in the country for up to a year because he will now resume a separate legal challenge against assurances that he will face a fair trial.

Qatada was arrested and returned to custody last month after the Home Secretary resumed his deportation.

The Home Office believed a deadline for him to appeal to Europe had passed hours before his detention but his lawyers stunned Mrs May by submitting an appeal later that day, insisting the deadline was 24 hours later.

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