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Abu Qatada appeal: May stands by deadline

The home secretary has defended her handling of attempts to deport radical cleric Abu Qatada, but said he is likely to remain "for many months".

Theresa May said Abu Qatada's lawyers had no right to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights because the deadline had passed.

But an official at the Secretariat of the Council of Europe said the appeal was within the deadline.

The PM said he was confident Abu Qatada would be removed from the UK.

James Landale reports.

  • 19 Apr 2012
  • From the section UK
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