Abu Qatada deportation ban can be lifted, judges told


A block on deporting radical cleric Abu Qatada from the UK should be lifted, lawyers for the home secretary have told the Court of Appeal.

Last November the Special Immigration Appeals Commission ruled he could not be sent to Jordan for a retrial over alleged involvement in terrorism plots.

There was a "real risk" evidence gained by torture would be used, they said.

Government lawyers argue they took the "wrong approach" in reaching their decision and say a "fair" trial was possible. Judgement has been reserved.

June Kelly reports.

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