Abu QatadaAbu Qatada has been fighting deportation to Jordan for more than a decade


Radical cleric Abu Qatada will discover later whether he has to remain in custody after his arrest for allegedly breaching his bail conditions.

The Special Immigration Appeals Commission is to hold an urgent meeting by phone to determine whether he will be granted bail, days before a government bid to have him deported.

Abu Qatada was arrested by UK Border Agency officials on Friday.

The arrest followed a day of raids in London by counter-terrorism police.

On Monday, the government will go to the Court of Appeal in a bid to overturn a judge’s decision to allow Abu Qatada to stay in the UK.

Abu Qatada’s strict bail conditions include only being allowed out of his house between 08:00 and 16:00, having to wear an electronic tag, and being restricted in who he meets.

Earlier, a Home Office spokesman said: “The UK Border Agency arrested a 52-year-old man from north London for alleged breaches of his bail conditions imposed by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac).”

Searches of properties, which began on Thursday, have now finished, according to a Metropolitan police spokesman.

Four properties – two residential addresses and a business address in north-west London, and a residential address in west London have been searched – and no hazardous materials have been found, he said.

No arrests have been made in connection with the counter-terrorism operation.

Abu Qatada has been found guilty of terrorism offences in his absence in Jordan, where he faces a retrial for allegedly conspiring to cause explosions targeting Western and Israeli targets before the year 2000.

But Siac ruled Jordan had not proved Abu Qatada’s retrial would be free of evidence obtained by torture.

Home Secretary Theresa May will challenge this decision in front of three Court of Appeal judges led by Lord Dyson, the Master of the Rolls, on Monday.

Abu Qatada, 52, was granted bail following the decision by the Siac judges in November last year and released from Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire.

Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, president of the Law Society, told the BBC his arrest and Monday’s appeal are “two completely separate issues”.

“One is his bail and whether he will get bail again, and the other is what will happen in court on Monday.

“The court on Monday are not going to be making a decision about Abu Qatada. They’re going to be making a decision about the likelihood of him getting a fair trial in Jordan. And of course that’s got nothing to do with whether he’s breached his bail conditions here,” she said.

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