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LONDON 25 Feb 2013 Judges hear appeal against Abu Qatada stay
Three Court of Appeal judges will hear the challenge of Home Secretary Theresa May to the ruling by the Special Immigration Appeals Commi

February 25, 2013 - NULL

LONDON 25 Feb 2013 Judges hear appeal against Abu Qatada stay
Three Court of Appeal judges will hear the challenge of Home Secretary Theresa May to the ruling by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) on Nov 12 that Abu Qatada, the cleric once described as Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe, should not be deported to Jordan. She describes the cleric as "a serious risk to our national security." He was convicted of terror charges in Jordan in his absence in 1999, has successfully fought deportation for more than a decade, and has received more than UK

LONDON 25 Feb 2013 Judges hear appeal against Abu Qatada stay
Three Court of Appeal judges will hear the challenge of Home Secretary Theresa May to the ruling by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) on Nov 12 that Abu Qatada, the cleric once described as Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe, should not be deported to Jordan. She describes the cleric as "a serious risk to our national security." He was convicted of terror charges in Jordan in his absence in 1999, has successfully fought deportation for more than a decade, and has received more than UK £500,000 in legal aid to pay for the fight.

The figure is expected to rise as he continues to resist government efforts to deport him.

Siac found there was a risk that evidence obtained using torture would be used against the controversial cleric in a retrial.

The legal impasse has become embarrassing for the government, according to the Guardian newspaper. It noted that legal experts believe there is little evidence obtained lawfully that could be used to bring a case against Abu Qatada in Britain, adding that any trial would be a potential embarrassment to the security services, which have sought to enlist the cleric's help in the past. (WRITTEN DEC 2012)

RELATED READING:

Date set for Theresa May's appeal against Abu Qatada decision (PA/Independent 19 Dec 2012)
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/february-court-date-set-for-theresa-mays-appeal-against-decision-to-let-abu-qatada-stay-in-uk-8425992.html

Abu Qatada runs up £500,000 legal aid bill to stay in UK (Guardian 15 Dec 2012)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/15/abu-qatada-legal-aid-bill

Prime Minister 'completely fed up' as terror suspect Abu Qatada walks free from prison (PA/Independent 13 Nov 2012)
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/prime-minister-completely-fed-up-as-terror-suspect-abu-qatada-walks-free-from-prison-8306025.html

Date written/update: 2013-02-25