Nick Clegg: We will deport Abu Qatada

In this report Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, said the Government “will get there” despite losing an appeal against a ruling which prevented the cleric being sent to Jordan, where he is due to face terrorism charges.  He said ministers would continue to seek strengthened assurances from his native Jordan that the authorities would not use evidence obtained by torture against him. The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) decided in November last year that Qatada could not be removed to Jordan, where he was convicted of terror charges in his absence in 1999. The judges ruled that there was a “real risk” that evidence from Qatada’s former co-defendants, who were allegedly tortured, could be used against him at a retrial, breaching his human rights.