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Cost Of Qatada Deportation Fight Nears £1m
The cost of trying to deport radical cleric Abu Qatada has reached almost £1m and is set to rise further as he continues to challenge the Government.
Immigration Minister Damian Green admitted the Government's legal bill since 2002 now stands at £825,000 and will keep going up.
This figure only covers legal fees incurred by those trying to send Qatada back to Jordan and does not include his own legal aid bill.
The Legal Services Commission, which runs the legal aid scheme in England and Wales, confirmed last week that he had been receiving public money to fund his appeals.
The cost to the Government will inflame anger over the case, which has led to criticism of Home Secretary Theresa May in recent weeks.
Qatada was rearrested on April 17 in the hope he was finally going to be deported and Mrs May was cheered in the Commons over the move.
But within 48 hours, she was being jeered after Qatada launched a last-ditch appeal amid confusion about the cut-off point for a final court challenge.
The European Court of Human Rights ruled in January that he could not be sent to Jordan without assurances that evidence obtained through torture would not be used at his trial.
The Home Office believed the three-month window to appeal lapsed on April 16 at midnight but Qatada's legal team say it was 24 hours later, giving them another lifeline.
The human rights court is now deciding which side was right on the timing. If the deadline had expired, they will have no discretion to allow the appeal to go to the Grand Chamber.
Mrs May has insisted she had "unambiguous legal advice" from Government lawyers about the deadline and David Cameron says officials had "checked repeatedly".
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Patriotic law firms should be queing up to take onthe deportation case free of charge
A ticket costs about £200. Why not just get rid?
I agree Danny. Just put him on a plane and get rid of him. Sod the consequences from the 'righteous'....what are they going to do when he's gone...impose sanctions?? We don't need his type here, or anyone else tellings us what we can or cannot do!!
This terrorist sympathiser heped by our corrupt justice system has been running rings round the Gov. and the general populace for years now. All its done is give encouragement to every dissidant and terrorist sleeper cell in the country. Immediate radical action must be taken. That is to put him on the first available plane out.This wont be done because Crafty Cameron ever mindfull of EEC perks like a good job and even presidentship of the rotten union will always tow the line. If he would just put Britain first for a change he might get the people behind him and we could move forward as a nation
this is just one example of what is wrong in this once great country of ours. to have to stand back and watch as this absolutely horrid example of a man runs rings around our legal system. how sad to see that we have no say in what goes on . kow towing to europe and all and sundry. to think we fought and won ( although you wouldnt think it ) two world wars to end up the laughing stock of these people and infact the rest of the world. its a sad time. if cameron and his cronies were to put half as much effort in to establishing self rule as they do into destroying the country we might just restore some pride back to the uk.
For sanity's sake tell the european court of human rights,( which, by the way was another of that odious man,Tony Blairs 'achievements' in getting us into) to go stuff themselves and just deport him to his own HOME which is Jordan. What are those idiots in europs gonna do??? banish us from the court of human rights?? Oh dear, how absolutely awful.
It seems the nasty party have a soft spot for nasty people.
what a waste of money, surely a 5.56mm round would be cheaper. sadly this parish council led by cameron doesnt have the spine to stand up to the unelected prats in another country. they should just ignore them and put him on the next available flight out of this so called country
Not only this government but the last as well
agree with you gordon.
Peter Field, because ur a true brit and you swore alleigance to the queen who is a damn site more trustworthy than any government m8, power to you and the other guys putting their lives on the line for all of us.
The sick joke continues. European law is important but surely national security takes precedence. Just bl**dy well do it.
This scumbag should be put on the first plane to Jordan along with his wives and kids. He entered this country on a forged Passport and that alone should be enough to deport him. We may be fined by the EU - so what they can stop the money out of what they already owe us.
It would have been cheaper to deport him immediately in 2002 and pay the "fine" imposed by the EU. How does France get rid of these people in 24 hours and yet we are still tryimng after 10 years
What a convenient hate figure he is, to be wheeled out to keep the tiny little minds of the sheeple off the real issues, corrupt fiddling MPs, bankers trousering 7 million quid for a years "work", the NHS sell off to foreigners, etc, etc, and it works every time.
guys, we shud stand for parliament, im sure we'd sweep in,lol
We are told the figure has 'almost reached one million pounds' - fair enough - but can 'the management' please publish a breakdown of these costs because someone somewhere is obviously trousering serious amounts from this farce.