Terror suspect Abu Qatada today lodged an appeal with Europe's human rights judges which effectively blocks the Government's attempts to deport him to Jordan, officials said.
Qatada's legal team claims that judges at the European Court of Human Rights
were wrong three months ago when they ruled that he would not be at
risk of torture if returned to Jordan, a court spokeswoman said.
The court's Grand Chamber will decide whether to hear his appeal, but the radical cleric, once described by a judge as Osama bin Laden's right hand man in Europe, cannot be deported until the court has reached a decision.
The move is separate from any appeal Qatada's legal team
may make over Tuesday's decision by Home Secretary Theresa May to
continue with his deportation after receiving assurances from Jordan
that evidence gained through torture would not be used against him.
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