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Keith Vaz: Abu Qatada bail 'extraordinary decision'

Radical cleric Abu Qatada is to be released on bail weeks after the European Court of Human Rights blocked his deportation to Jordan.

Mr Justice Mitting told the UK's Special Immigration Appeals Commission the cleric should be freed within days.

The Home Office said it disagreed with the decision and the cleric continued to be a threat to national security.

The UK government opposed attempts to bail him while he fights deportation to Jordan - where he faces terror charges.

Keith Vaz, chair of the Commons Home Affairs committee, told the BBC he is "just astonished that they could have made this decision".

  • 06 Feb 2012
  • From the section UK
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