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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

May relief as Qatada loses right to appeal

Theresa May                                  Abu Qatada
The Home Secretary Theresa May will be breathing a huge sigh of relief as the European Court of Human Rights threw out a claim of appeal by the radical cleric Abu Qatada. Around three weeks ago Mrs May got embroiled into a political row over the timing of the decision to move. The Home Office claimed they were correct and it was after the deadline.

In their deliberation it was confirmed that the appeal request was within the time set by the European Court. However in defence of the Home Office the confusion came about as it was timed at 00:13 18th April on British time therefore after the deadline but on French time it was 11:13 17th April therefore inside the deadline. However the court decided that they would not allow the appeal regardless.

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, said on learning the decision: "I am pleased by the European Court’s decision. The Qatada case will now go through the British courts I am confident the assurances we have from Jordan mean we can put Qatada on a plane and get him out of Britain".