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Home Secretary's statement on Abu Qatada decision

18 February 2009

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has released a statement in reaction to the decision by the Lords.

The Law Lords ruled that terrorism suspect Abu Qatada and two others can be deported from the UK to face trial in other nations. Lawyers for the men have said they'll appeal the decision to the European Court of Human Rights.

The Home Secretary said:

'I'm delighted with the Lords' decision today in the cases of Abu Qatada and the two Algerians 'RB' and 'U'. It highlights the threat that these individuals pose to our nation's security and vindicates our efforts to remove them.

'An application is a matter for the European Court of Human Rights. In the meantime, I have signed Abu Qatada's deportation order, which will be served on him today. I am keen to deport this dangerous individual as soon as I can.'

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