The deportation of radical cleric Abu Qatada from the UK to Jordan has been thrown into confusion after the European Court of Human Rights said it had received a last-minute appeal.
The appeal means the deportation process is stalled until a panel of judges rule on whether the case should go to the court’s Grand Chamber.
Jordan has lodged charges against Qatada of plotting bomb attacks.
British Home Secretary Theresa May described the move as a “delaying tactic”.
The 51-year-old is now under arrest in the UK.
In January the European Court of Human Rights blocked his deportation amid fears he faced torture in Jordan.