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Britain loses bid to deport Abu Qatada

The British government on Wednesday lost its long-running legal battle to deport Muslim cleric Abu Qatada, who is wanted in his native Jordan. Successive British governments have tried for years to get rid of the cleric, who has been in and out of jail since first being arrested in 2001, but concerns that he will not receive a fair re-trial in Jordan have foiled deportation efforts. Abu Qatada won a last minute appeal against deportation last November and earlier this month was arrested and jailed again for breaching bail conditions prohibiting the use of mobile phones and other communications equipment in his house. Home Secretary (interior minister) Theresa May's legal team have argued in court that he is a "truly dangerous" individual who has escaped expulsion only through errors of law.

But at the Court of Appeal on Wednesday, three judges unanimously rejected the government's appeal against November's decision allowing him to stay.

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