Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada is to be freed on bail on Tuesday after winning his appeal against being deported from Britain to Jordan where he faces terrorism charges.
It is a major blow to the government which claims he is a huge security risk and that it has received assurances from Jordan that Qatada will obtain a fair trial.
Qatada argued that his trial might be skewed by evidence obtained using torture, a claim upheld in a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights.
Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May condemned the ruling: “I hardly need to tell the House, (that) the government strongly disagrees with this ruling. Qatada is a dangerous man, a suspected terrorist who is accused of serious crimes in his home country of Jordan.”
Qatada will be released under bail conditions that
include a 16-hour curfew at his London home.
It is the latest twist in a legal saga that has dragged on for a decade, and is set to go on with Britain intending to appeal.
Jordan has convicted Qatada in his absence of offences related to two alleged bomb plots.