Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Will we ever be rid of Abu Qatada? Home Office seeks Supreme Court appeal permission

THE Government has asked permission to take its fight to remove hate preacher Abu Qatada from the UK to the highest court in the land.

 The move to appeal to the UK Supreme Court comes after judges last month rejected the latest in a long line of attempts to deport the terror suspect to Jordan.

In March, Court of Appeal judges backed an earlier ruling that Qatada, also known as Omar Othman, could not be deported over fears evidence obtained through torture would be used against him.

A Home Office spokesman said: "We have today asked the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal its recent decision on Abu Qatada to the Supreme Court.

"The Government remains committed to deporting this dangerous man and we continue to work with the Jordanians to address the outstanding legal issues preventing deportation."

The Government has now been trying to deport the radical cleric to Jordan, where he was convicted of terror charges in his absence in 1999, for nearly eight years.



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