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May slams Qatada ruling

May slams Qatada ruling

The Home Secretary has told MPs that the Government will do "everything it can" to deport Abu Qatada after the radical cleric won his appeal against extradition to Jordan.

Mr Qatada will be released on bail tomorrow following the ruling today by judges at a Special Immigration Appeals Commission.

The ruling is a blow to the Home Secretary who has fought to deport the radical cleric and the Government will now seek leave to appeal today’s decision.

The Home Secretary told the Commons: "Notwithstanding the fact that I still believe that the European Court’s ruling was wrong, I also believe that we have obtained from the Jordanian Government the information and assurances that would allow us to deport Qatada in compliance with that ruling and the law.

"That is why we disagree with today’s decision, and that is why we are seeking leave to appeal. The Government has been doing everything it can to get rid of Abu Qatada – and we will continue to do so."

But Labour seized on the Government's failure to get Mr Qatada deported to date.

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper told MPs there were "some serious questions that need to be answered about the Home Secretary’s strategy to get this deportation in place and the action she is taking now to keep the public safe".

Ms Cooper added: "There has been a catalogue of confusion and mistakes over Abu Qatada including the Home Secretary getting basic dates wrong earlier this year.

"There is cross party agreement on the importance of deporting Abu Qatada and protecting the public. We cannot afford further confusion and mistakes. The Home Secretary needs to take urgent action now to keep the public safe and to get this deportation back on track."

Keith Vaz, the chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said he was "very disappoined" with the court's decision, and urged ministers to put pressure on the Jordanian government to implement reforms.

“I think what we need to do is to study the judgement carefully, and to try and persuade the Jordanians to do the things that the courts wanted them to do, which is to strengthen the Jordanian criminal code," he told BBC News.

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