13/11/2012

Government 'Determined' To Deport Qatada

Nick Clegg has said the government is "absolutely determined" to deport Muslim cleric Abu Qatada.

Speaking on ITV’s Daybreak, the deputy prime minister said: "He should not be in this country, he is a dangerous person."

Having won his appeal against deportation on Monday, Qatada will be released later from Long Lartin prison, in Worcestershire.

On Monday, a UK court decided he might not get a fair trial in Jordan, where evidence obtained by the torture of others could be used.

Mr Clegg said: "We are determined to deport him, we strongly disagree with the court ruling. We are going to challenge it, we are going to take it to appeal. We are absolutely determined to see this man get on a plane and go back to Jordan, he does not belong here.

"He should not be in this country, he is a dangerous person. He wanted to inflict harm on our country and this coalition government is going to do everything we can to challenge this every step of the way to make sure that he is deported to Jordan."

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