UK: Abu Qatada’s appeal against deportation rejected

UK: The European Court of Human Rights has rejected Abu Qatada’s appeal against his deportation from the UK.

Qatada’s appeal, lodged on April 17, prompted a row with Home Secretary Theresa May over whether the three-month appeal deadline from the court’s original decision on January 17 expired on the night of April 16 or 17.

Qatada’s legal team had challenged the decision that he could be sent back to Jordan with diplomatic assurances that he would not be tortured.

Repeated failed attempts by UK governments over the last ten years to deport the radical cleric have cost nearly �1million in legal fees, government figures show.