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Abu Qatada refused bail by judge

28 May 2012 Last updated at 18:17

Radical cleric Abu Qatada will remain in prison until his deportation appeal is heard in October, a judge has ruled.

Mr Justice Mitting said he could not take a risk in releasing Abu Qatada during the 2012 London Olympics.

Abu Qatada will remain in HMP Belmarsh as he launches fresh action in his bid to fight his deportation to Jordan.

Allowing him free on London's streets would be "exceptionally problematic" during heightened security at the Games, the judge ruled.

He said although the cleric had been deprived of his liberty for an exceptionally long time, he would not risk compromising Olympic security.

Lawyers for the Home Secretary said that if Abu Qatada absconded, the police would have to divert limited resources during the Games - or make finding the preacher a lower priority.

They said his risk of absconding had ri

Added: May-28-2012 Occurred On: May-28-2012
By: gemini
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