'Furious' Cameron telephones King of Jordan in fight to get Qatada deported

The plucky little king of Jordan can only be interested if it involves a planeload of cash.

A ‘furious’ David Cameron today took personal charge of attempts to deport a radical Muslim cleric who will be released from high-security prison to his Acton home within days.

The Prime Minister phoned King Abdullah of Jordan this afternoon as the row over Abu Qatada intensified.

Home Office Minister James Brokenshire will also be sent to Jordan in a bid to seek assurances that evidence obtained through torture will not be used against Qatada if he is kicked out of Britain.

The 51-year-old, once known as Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe, is wanted in Jordan on terrorism charges. But judges in Strasbourg have ruled he cannot be deported while the risk of torture-obtained evidence being used against him remains.

On Monday a judge in Britain decided Qatada cannot be kept behind bars while he awaits deportation, having been locked up for six-and-a-half years. Aides said Mr Cameron had taken charge because he was “absolutely furious about this and he wants to do everything he can to get the man deported”.

The Prime Minister described the situation as “completely unacceptable” as MPs voiced mounting anger about the case at Prime Minister’s question time.

Labour’s Geraint Davies raised fears that the “truly dangerous” Qatada would be “roaming the streets of London” shortly before the Olympics, while home affairs committee member Steve McCabe accused Mr Cameron of being “dangerously complacent”.

Mr Cameron said: “We are doing every-thing we can to get this man out of the country.” His aides warned the process may not be “straightforward”.

3 thoughts on “'Furious' Cameron telephones King of Jordan in fight to get Qatada deported”

  1. Cut of the Soc.Sec cash and the man will go soon enough.
    In fact, how about we stop giving tax payers money to illegal people who have never worked?
    Oh yes, and the UK is a small island – there is no need to sponsor more unemployed and unemployable children. Fam. all for the first 2 – ok, but after that you are on your own.

  2. Charmin???
    I thought a good moslem was only supposed to use his left hand……

    Cut off his benefits and cut off the judge’s salary.

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