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Friday 19 September 2014

Home Secretary Theresa May loses appeal against Abu Qatada ruling

Home Secretary Theresa May has lost her appeal challenge over the decision to block Abu Qatada's deportation
Home Secretary Theresa May has lost her appeal challenge over the decision to block Abu Qatada's deportation

The Home Secretary has lost her appeal court challenge over the decision allowing radical preacher Abu Qatada to remain in the UK.

Theresa May's legal team submitted at a recent one-day hearing in London that Qatada was a "truly dangerous" individual who escaped deportation through "errors of law".

The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) decided in November that Qatada could not be removed to Jordan, where he was convicted of terror charges in his absence in 1999, without "a real risk" of evidence obtained through torture being used against him at a retrial.

Today Lord Dyson, the Master of the Rolls, and two other judges unanimously rejected the appeal.

The Home Office said it planned to seek leave to appeal, saying: "This is not the end of the road. The Government remains determined to deport Abu Qatada."

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