FURY OVER QATADA
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.