Qatada Deportation Saga Has Cost UK Over £1.7m

The UK has spent more than £1.7 million so far, in its efforts to remove radical cleric Abu Qatada.

A letter from Theresa May to MPs has revealed that since 2005, the cost to the UK has been £1,716,306.

Abu Qatada has been fighting against a deportation order to Jordan, where he faces retrial for bomb attacks.

Both the UK and Jordan agree on the deportation, but Qatada has argued that he would not receive a fair trial.

The European Court of Human Rights and senior British judges have ruled that before that can happen, Jordan must show he would not face a trial that relied on evidence obtained by torturing others.

The news of the costs follows a move by Jordan's parliament on Wednesday, when they approved a treaty with the UK, designed to make the deportation possible.

The Jordanian treaty is now being considered by Westminster and if approved would become law on June 21.

If made law, deportation proceeding with Qatada would resume.


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UK Ratifies Treaty With Jordan
A joint treaty between Jordan and the UK, which will allow for the extradition of Abu Qatada, has been signed into law. Following the completion of the remaining formalities, including the publication of the treaty in an official Jordanian newspaper and an exchange of diplomatic letters, the new treaty will come into force.