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IT “isn’t ac­cept­able” that the UK can­not de­port rad­i­cal cleric Abu Qatada to Jor­dan, the Home Sec­re­tary has said.

Theresa May told MPS the gov­ern­ment was “con­sid­er­ing all le­gal op­tions” open to it – in­clud­ing re­fer­ring the case to the Euro­pean Court’s grand cham­ber.

Abu Qatada is due to be re­leased on bail, af­ter the Euro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights (ECHR) ruled he could not be de­ported. The UK is still ne­go­ti­at­ing with Jor­dan to get as­sur­ances that will sat­isfy the court he can be de­ported.

A Down­ing Street spokes­woman has said it is “not the end of the road” for the case.

The House of Lords had agreed he could be de­ported - but de­spite that, the ECHR had ruled his de­por­ta­tion would vi­o­late his right to a fair trial.

In a Com­mons state­ment prompted by an “ur­gent ques­tion” from Labour, Mrs May told MPS Abu Qatada posed a “se­ri­ous” risk to our na­tional se­cu­rity.

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