Abu Qatada 'moves to new home' as David Cameron prepares to raise extradition battle issue with Jordan

 

David Cameron will discuss the Government's long-running battle to have terror suspect Abu Qatada deported from Britain today when he meets the King of Jordan in Downing Street.

King Abdullah's visit to Number 10 will provide an opportunity for them to address Qatada's latest success in evading his removal to stand trial in Jordan.

The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) last month upheld his appeal against deportation as it ruled that despite assurances from the Arab kingdom, it could not be sure evidence from witnesses who had been tortured would not be included in a retrial in his homeland.

The Government is appealing against the decision but Qatada - convicted of terror charges in Jordan in his absence in 1999 - remains in the UK on bail conditions including a 16-hour curfew, wearing an electronic tag, not using the internet, and not contacting certain people.

It was reported today that he has moved house to what is believed to be a larger home in the greater London area.

The Prime Minister said last month he was "fed up" that Qatada remained in Britain, following his release from Long Lartin jail.

The Jordanian government, which has worked with UK ministers to try to facilitate his return, also expressed their disappointment with the decision.

Ahead of Mr Cameron's talks with King Abdullah today, a Downing Street spokesman said: "They will discuss a broad range of bilateral issues and that will include Qatada."

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