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Government to appeal Abu Qatada deportation ruling

The government plans to appeal against the recent ruling that Muslim cleric Abu Qatada cannot be deported to stand trial in Jordan, Home Secretary Theresa May has confirmed.

In a Commons statement on 12 November 2012, Mrs May said ministers would do everything they could to "get rid" of Abu Qatada.

Mr Justice Mitting has granted the radical cleric bail after the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) upheld Abu Qatada's appeal against deportation.

But the home secretary said she believed the decision was based on the "wrong legal test".

Abu Qatada's appeal was upheld after lawyers claimed he would not get a fair trial in Jordan, where he is accused of plotting bomb attacks.

He will be released from Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire on Tuesday, and must observe a curfew.

Mrs May said the government's lawyers would press for the "most restrictive" conditions possible when he is released on bail.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper told MPs: "This is an extremely serious and worrying judgment that means from tomorrow Abu Qatada will be back on Britain's streets.

"I think people will be horrified across this country to learn that that is the case."

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