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Cameron 'fed up' at Qatada in UK
David Cameron has said he is "fed up" that Abu Qatada is still in the country, as the smiling terror suspect returned home following his release from jail.
Qatada was greeted by a crowd of protesters as he arrived home in London following his release from high security prison HMP Long Lartin in Worcestershire.
The radical cleric appeared to smile as he was driven away from jail, and again when he arrived home, after winning the latest round in his battle against deportation.
On a visit to Italy, Prime Minister David Cameron said: "I am completely fed up with the fact that this man is still at large in our country.
"He has no right to be there, we believe he is a threat to our country.
"We have moved heaven and earth to try to comply with every single dot and comma of every single convention to get him out of our country.
"It is extremely frustrating and I share the British people's frustration with the situation we find ourselves in."
His comments were echoed by a group of protesters who gathered outside Qatada's house, holding a "Get rid of Abu Qatada" banner and shouting "Get him out!"
Jackie Chaunt, 50, who works in the area, said: "He shouldn't be here. He was supposed to be deported to Jordan. It's a disgrace."
Aaron Baker, 30, who lives nearby, added: "We're all paying for this as taxpayers. It's ridiculous."
Qatada, once described as Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe, was released after judges approved his appeal against deportation to Jordan to stand trial.
His bail conditions include a 16-hour curfew, from 4pm to 8am, as well as wearing an electronic tag, not using the internet, and not contacting certain people.
On Monday, the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) ruled that despite assurances from the Arab kingdom, it could not be sure that evidence from witnesses who had been tortured would not be included in a retrial in his homeland.
Qatada was convicted of terror charges in Jordan in his absence in 1999.
Home Secretary Theresa May, who travelled to Jordan earlier this year in a bid to pave the way for Qatada's deportation, has vowed that the Government will continue to fight to "get rid" of him and said the Home Office will appeal against Siac's decision.
"The Government has been doing everything it can to get rid of Abu Qatada and we will continue to do so," she said.
Jordan's King Abdullah II is due to visit London next week, when it is expected that discussions on Qatada will take place.
It is not clear whether talks will involve the Prime Minister or other ministers.
Mr Cameron's official spokesman said: "I am sure there will be further discussions with the Jordanian government about the Abu Qatada case."
The spokesman did not point to any particular action which Jordan could take to clear the path for Qatada's extradition, but said: "They have demonstrated that they are very happy to help us."
He added: "We are going to pursue all possible avenues to try to get Abu Qatada out of the country, but we have made very clear we intend to appeal the judgment because we think it is wrong."
Qatada, who is said to have wide and high-level support among extremists, featured in hate sermons found on videos in the flat of one of the September 11 bombers.
He has battled deportation for over a decade and has so far thwarted every attempt by the Government to deport him.
Jordanian government minister Nayef al-Fayez told the BBC they were also disappointed, but respected the decision and would be working with the British Government to see what the next steps should be.
Meanwhile shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper called for ministers to travel to Jordan straight away for discussions.
She said: "I think people will be really concerned that instead of seeing Abu Qatada on a plane to Jordan we've actually got him out on bail and on Britain's streets instead."
She said Qatada was currently subject to bail conditions but added: "If the Government's appeal fails at the next stage then we'll be reliant on counter-terror powers to make sure that the public are protected.
"Those counter-terror powers have been weakened by Theresa May.
"I think she needs to look again at that very urgently so we can be sure people will be protected from somebody who the courts themselves have said is a very dangerous man."
what do you think?
All the legal team must be rubbing their hands in glee, lots more money coming their way. It's about time the legal judges are given an overhaul, are they really fit for purpose, I don't think so. As for his human rights, I don't consider him human, how someone so full of hate, who hates the west but happily lives off us all, can be allowed to stay here, is tragic.
I couldn't agree more. If we can't deport him to Jordan - where he certainly deserves to be, then at least deport him to some other Arab country where he can spout his vile philosophy until he's hoarse. Theresa May needs to grow a backbone and take note of how the majority of people feel about this.
Chris your comment about Teresa May is unwarranted. She got rid of hamza and is doing her best. She has been banjaxed by the courts and the dogooders.
....So soft on him so hard on Assange!! Mad world
A mad World ? = A liberal World
Why go through the expensive farce of obtaining assurances from the Jordanian Govt, if their integrity to hold a fair trial was never going to be accepted???????? I'm sure his neighbours are delighted he's moving house. Unfortunately it's not quite as far as some of had hoped. Did he qualify for assistance with moving expenses too???
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What a beauty isn't he? Reminds me of Rasputin
its time the uk government started running this country not outsiders in the EU,judges,human rights do gooders , what about our human right to live in safety, i guess it keeps the the rip off solicitors in work at tax payers expence that are laughing all the way to the bank, , its time people took to the streets like in greece,it looks like the only way to make your voice heard in Britain is to vote ukip next time that will wake them all up on the seats in parliment
Agree with you David, however the banks are in Switzerland where they store there money, only safe haven for those in the know and who are looked after by the masonic brotherhood. As for rioting and protesting in the streets well that will never happen as the British working man has no back bone for the fight anymore that has been eroded away by successive governments since Margaret, and as for a working man there is very few industries left anyway to amass a protest worthy of making a difference. UKIP or the BNP is the only way forward
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As I totally disagree with siic and believe he will get a fair trial in Jordan (these people have been our friends for eons, why lie to us?) I would happily accept Britain ignoring a decision and shifting him out immediatley. We can pay the fine later. He is far too dangerous to be in this country
If your fed up Cameron,put him on the plane and to hell with the so called do gooders.Say he is a security threat,like the French do.
this should be sorted out in a week ..CHANGE THE LAW..he came here illegaiily so why should we be paying 100.000 a week to stop him doing somthing wrong...gets some bottle GOV at this rate the next election is.... this mob to stay in power 1000/1 ..labour to win (a walkover)
Did labour get rid of him ? They had at least five years to do so. Your logic has more holes in it that ed balls economic plans.
150 years ago the native red indian was like sand grains on a beach..now like fingers on 1 hand .welcome to AMERICA where is the americans ..finding them its like a tresure hunt .20 years from now G.B.will be the same.spot the british person..you have been warned
where I live it is like that now.
Never an Isreali airstrike around when you need one is there.
Do something then Dave, get rid of these do gooders, money grabbers, lawyers, make the system support your own people for once
Why not just pick him up at 4 in the morning and put him on a plane to Jordon and tell their authorities he is there, whats anybody going to do? Fine us, say we don't pay then what? Too late is the cry.
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