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QC: Qatada ruling is bad news for everybody

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Abu Qatada was once described by a judge as Osama Bin Laden's right hand man in Europe. The British government regard him as so dangerous that they want him to be sent back to his home country of Jordan to face terror charges there. Home secretaries have been trying to do that for seven years. Yesterday, once again, they failed.

A British immigration court agreed with European judges that it would be a breach of his human rights because of the risk that evidence used against him would have been obtained through torture.

Qatada will now be freed from the prison where he is being held and will be allowed out on bail conditions which will allow him to to be out on the streets for eight hours a day. It is estimated that it will cost £100,000 a week to monitor him. One Conservative MP has said: "He's laughing at us."

Speaking to the Today programme, David Anderson QC said: "It's bad news for everybody. Almost everybody wants to see Abu Qatada back in Jordan and given a fair trial."

Dame Pauline Neville-Jones added: "I don't think Abu Qatada will represent a danger to the public, but clearly he's an expense to us."


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