Fury in UK over 'hate cleric' Abu Qatada being released on bail after winning appeal against deportation

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 13, 2012 07:10 hrs

Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada's victory in an appeal against his extradition has caused outrage in the UK, as British taxpayers will now have to fork out 5 million pounds a year for a 24-hr surveillance on the terror suspect.

Qatada will be released on bail next week after he won his appeal against his extradition at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission in the UK (SIAC).

His appeal against extradition was upheld after lawyers claimed he would not get a fair trial in Jordan, where he is accused of plotting bomb attacks.

He will now be subject to strict conditions including a curfew when he leaves Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire.

Branded the ruling "deeply unsatisfactory", UK Home Secretary Theresa May told the Commons that the UK Government "has been doing everything it can to get rid of Abu Qatada and we will continue to do so".

"Qatada is a dangerous man, a suspected terrorist, who is accused of serious crimes in his home country of Jordan. The British government has obtained from the Jordanian government assurances, not just in relation to the treatment of Qatada himself, but about the quality of the legal processes that would be followed throughout his trial," the BBC quoted May, as saying.

"We will therefore seek leave to appeal today's decision," he added.

May went on to say that the government would continue "to pursue all avenues" with the Jordanian government. They have assured British authorities that no evidence gained through torture would be used against the preacher, the report said.

Qatada faces a re-trial for allegedly conspiring to cause explosions on Western and Israeli targets in 1998 and 1999. He was found guilty of terrorism offences in his absence in Jordan in 1999, the report added. (ANI)

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