United Kingdom

British Court Rejects Home Secretary's Attempt to Deport Islamic Cleric

Abu Qatada will not be sent back to Jordan because there are concerns he could be tortured

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The home secretary, Theresa May, has lost her latest legal attempt to deport the radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada back to Jordan.

The court of appeal rejected her attempt to overturn a ruling by the British special immigrations appeals commission (Siac) blocking Qatada's return to Jordan to stand trial on the grounds that he faced a real risk of evidence obtained by torture being used against him.

The home secretary's appeal was rejected unanimously by three appeal court judges including the master of the rolls, Lord Dyson.