Hate preacher Abu Qatada today failed in a bid to be freed from jail.

The cleric, who had been arrested for a breach of bail conditions, was redetained after an emergency telephone hearing.

Special Immigration Appeals Commission chairman Mr Justice Irwin said he must be returned to Belmarsh Prison, south-east London,

The judge said there was strong evidence he had breached a bail condition which prohibits him from having mobile phones switched on in his house while he is present.

He is due at the Appeal Court tomorrow for Home Secretary Theresa May’s latest bid to throw him out.

Qatada, who was convicted of terror charges in Jordan in 1999, was led away in handcuffs from his taxpayer-funded home in London by the UK Border Agency on Friday following raids by Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism unit.

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Three homes and a business in north-west and west London were searched.

The commission ruled in November that he could not be deported to Jordan.

Judges decided evidence from former co-defendants said to have been obtained by torture could be used against him at a retrial.

Ms May will challenge the decision in front of three Court of Appeal judges.

Qatada, once called “Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe”, has used human rights laws to fight deportation for a decade.

The Home Office said: “We are pleased the Special Immigration Appeals Commission has decided to revoke bail for this individual on an interim basis ­following serious breaches of his bail conditions.”

There will be a further hearing on March 21.


No bail and back to jail for hate preacher Abu Qatada over mobile phone claims – Mirror.co.uk
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