Abu Qatada Bailed

November 13, 2012 by  

Abu Qatada Bailed, Terror suspect Abu Qatada has been released on bail after winning his latest appeal to avoid extradition to Jordan.

The radical cleric left Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire and is on his way back to live with his family.

He was granted bail on Monday after judges ruled returning him to his home country to face trial would breach his human rights.

Home Secretary Theresa May had obtained assurances from Jordan that evidence obtained through torture would not be used at his trial.

But in a serious blow, the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) said this could still not be guaranteed and refused to back the Government.

The decision is the latest twist in an 11-year legal battle, that is thought to have cost the British taxpayer millions of pounds.

Qatada, once described as Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe, will have to obey a 16-hour curfew and can only go out between 8am and 4pm.

He will also have to wear an electronic tag, cannot use the internet and will be barred from contacting certain people – who cannot be named for legal reasons.

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