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Theresa May stands by Abu Qatada dates

The home secretary has insisted radical cleric Abu Qatada's deportation case has "no right" to be referred to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

In a statement to the Commons, Theresa May told MPs the three-month deadline for an appeal passed before the application was submitted.

But lawyers for the preacher, who faces bomb plotting charges in Jordan, and the ECHR said the deadline was later.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said "chaos has turned into farce".

Norman Smith reports.

  • 19 Apr 2012
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