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Abu Qatada, a terror suspect, was last night granted bail to return to Britain’s streets.
The fanatical cleric, described as Osama bin Laden’s ambassador in Europe, will be placed under a 22-hour curfew expected to cost the taxpayer Â£500,000 a year.
Officials say the threat is so grave that he should be monitored by police and the security services round-the clock, and even placed in a secure Government safehouse.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said she was “extremely disappointed” and would take “all steps necessary to protect the public”.
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Last month, the Home Office was forced to abandon plans to deport 12 Libyan fanatics, leaving a memorandum of understanding with Libya, signed in October 2005, effectively in tatters.
The rulings mean that not a single international terrorist has been forcibly removed from this country. Nearly three years after the 7/7 attacks, the only Islamic extremists to depart are eight Algerians who left voluntarily.
Once he has been released, the Jordanian father-of-five, can expect to receive Â£1,000 a month in benefit payments. The taxpayer will also face a bill of tens of thousands of pounds to keep the cleric under 24-hour watch.