The ten-year battle to deport Abu Qatada was finally nearing its conclusion last night.

Preparations are in hand to put the hate preacher on a plane home early on Sunday.

The farcical saga, which has enraged politicians and the public alike, has already cost £2million.

Although ministers insist legal hurdles remain, Whitehall sources say the Al Qaeda fanatic should be handed over to the authorities in Jordan this weekend.

Abu Qatada

Abu Qatada

The breakthrough follows yesterday’s adoption by the Middle Eastern state of a treaty that will  protect Qatada’s human rights.

He has made this a condition of him voluntarily going home to face trial over his alleged involvement in a bomb plot.

Last night Channel 4 News revealed he will be served with new papers for his deportation that give him 72 hours to appeal.

If he honours his word he will be put on a flight home from RAF Northolt in West London.

Last night security minister James Brokenshire said: ‘While further steps remain, our focus is on seeing Abu Qatada on a plane to Jordan at the earliest opportunity.’

Qatada – once dubbed Osama Bin Laden’s right hand man in Europe – has repeatedly used human rights laws to thwart his removal.

He claimed his trial for plotting a terror attack would be unfair because some of the evidence used against him may have been obtained by torture.

This argument, originally rejected by the British courts, was upheld by judges in Strasbourg. It forced Home Secretary Theresa May to seek new legal guarantees from Jordan that Qatada’s rights would not be breached.

The case then began again in the British courts and was expected to take years.

But, in a shock move earlier this year, Qatada said he would return home voluntarily when the treaty Mrs May agreed with Jordan is fully ratified. It explicitly rules out the use of any torture evidence.

It was published in the Jordanian government’s official gazette yesterday – confirming its status as law.

Qatada, who has cost the taxpayer millions of pounds in housing benefit and other state handouts is behind bars in London’s Belmarsh prison. 

He was released on bail in mid-February but was returned to jail a few weeks later after a police raid on his home.

Officers say he breached a bail condition which restricts use of mobile phones and other communication devices.

A search found memory sticks containing jihadist propaganda and internet enabled mobile phones.

Over the past eight years, Qatada’s lawyers have pocketed £864,944 in legal aid. Of this, the authorities have managed to claw back only £217,286 by selling assets belonging to the preacher.

The cost to taxpayers of trying to boot him out has been a further £938,630 in the domestic courts, and £130,018 at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. This gives a net total of £1,716, 286.

He has spent years in maximum security prisons, with every year inside costing taxpayers up to £60,000.

In May a court was told that Qatada and his family had complained that their taxpayer-funded house was too small and they did not have enough storage space.

Judges heard that his family would join him in Jordan rather than stay behind in Britain. But officials are conscious that, despite his commitment to leave Britain, Qatada could still make a U-turn and lodge fresh legal appeals.

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  • Spartacus

    “Qatada – once dubbed Osama Bin Laden’s right hand man in Europe – has repeatedly used human rights laws to thwart his removal.”

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    In a sane world, this thing would never have been considered human.

  • sbuffalonative

    Ok, this is a start. But what of the thousands of others preaching hate? This is but a token response to placate the public, something those in power can point to and say, ‘see, we’ve done something to combat hate’.

    Go to youtube and watch the videos. Abu Qatada is not alone. Those like him openly preach their hate in the streets and MURDER and BEHEAD British soldiers.

  • borogirl54

    I wonder if getting rid of these clerics accomplishes anything because the real problem is the Muslim youth that are the followers of these clerics that do much of the terror acts that these clerics espouse. These clerics can use the internet and other media sources to get their message of jihad across.

    • sbuffalonative

      Exactly. You can cut off one head but there are ten thousand more. This is a hollow victory.

      • shmo123

        Exactly. There was a member of the English Defense League on the O’Reilly Factor a couple of weeks ago. He said that the Muslim population of Britain had doubled in the last 10 years. The English are doomed.

  • bigone4u

    One is deported, but hiding in plain sight are hundreds or perhaps thousands more who hate the West as much as the old graybeard. These thousands are just as determined to destroy the West as he. If it takes ten long years of legal effort to deport one, how is it remotely possible to deport the thousands more? If there is an answer that does not involve vigilante bloodletting, I would like to know what it is.

  • Read between the lines here. The Powers That Be are embarrassed at Qatada, and want him “out of sight, out of mind” to the white castrated serfs that still populate England.
    The problem isn’t solved, you know. There are plenty of white liberal, self hating elitists who should be joining Qatada. I nominate Tony Blair for starters.

    • The__Bobster

      Like these guys?

      SURREY, British Columbia — Police in Canada have arrested and charged a man and woman with terrorism for attempting to leave pressure cooker bombs at British Columbia’s provincial legislature on Canada Day, when thousands of people were expected to be there.

      John Stewart Nuttall and Amanda Marie Korody were inspired by al Qaeda ideology but were self-radicalized, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner James Malizia said Tuesday. He called it a domestic threat without international connections.

      Malizia told a news conference there was no evidence or indication to suggest a
      connection to the deadly Boston Marathon bombings in April, which used bombs
      made from pressure cookers.

    • Greg Thomas

      How “embarrassed” could they be if it took them 10 years to rid
      themselves of this human excrement?

  • The__Bobster

    Over the past eight years, Qatada’s lawyers have pocketed £864,944 in legal aid. Of this, the authorities have managed to claw back only £217,286 by selling assets belonging to the preacher.
    _____

    I’d like to see the names of those lawyers.

    • Ngati Pakeha

      Gareth Peirce, and that is a woman by the way. Typical Oxbridge élitist scum – need I say more? It had to be a card-carrying libtard or a fellow jihadist didn’t it? A manifestly ridiculous waste of money.

      As a side bar she was ‘immortalised’ in the film In the Name of the Father.

  • WR_the_realist

    So it cost 2 million pounds to deport one man who was an obvious inciter of hatred and terrorism. That is the crux of the problem — both Great Britain and the United States have created a legal system where it is financially infeasible to deport more than an insignificant fraction of immigrant law breakers.

  • Spartacus

    One down, a couple more million to go.

  • AngloCelt

    Britain can deport and ban critics of Islam on a whim, but it takes decades of political maneuvering and millions of pounds spent to remove an Islamic terrorist… It looks like the sun finally set on the empire in which the sun never sets.

  • [Sarcasm/On]

    Wow, I think we Britons can all breathe a sigh of relief now. The day is saved. Britain is obviously rescued from its perilous future. Hooray!

    That we are deporting one notorious individual (who to my rudimentary knowledge has committed no real crime in this country other than being a huge embarrassment for both Labour and Conservative governments who could not get shut of him in order to placate the reactionary masses amongst their electorate) is surely a turning point in our future, where if only they could deal with a few more “radical” speakers of the same vein, this whole nightmare will surely dissipate.

    I am sure that the ethnic minorities in three or more of our largest cities and large towns (ie, “White British”) will be ecstatic. The Islamic and ethnic threat hanging over us has been squashed with this grandiose and much trumpeted action, and we will soon be reclaiming those cities for the indigenous population………

    …..oh wait. No, we won’t.

    [Sarcasm/Off].

    I am glad he is gone, but getting sick of these isolated cases getting so much hype in the press when our country actually slides away racially and religiously underneath us in the background.

    • sbuffalonative

      This is nothing more than an attempt to silence critics and to have an example to point to when asked ‘what are you doing about extremists.”

      Obvious and ultimately meaningless.

  • Sloppo

    In my yard I have many millions of fire ants. They’re nothing but trouble so I decided a long time ago to get rid of them. I paid a guy a few million dollars to get rid of one of those pesky ants and he’s been working on it for several years. I think he’s going to banish that ant sometime next week. I hope it doesn’t crawl back in.

  • It didn’t take British authorities eight years and two million pounds to decide to bar Robert Spencer from visiting.

  • Paleoconn

    This only rights the wrong of having brought this animal into the UK in the first place. And not even that, as others have pointed out he has already planted seeds of hate among his followers in England, not to mention all the taxpayers expense.

    What the should do is send to his shithole country, the people who allowed him in, even just the one who signed his immigration papers. Make a statement. Make the bureaucrats think before signing on the line, some accountability, some risk.

    The bureaucrats in Strasbourg and Brussels need to be knocked down a couple of pegs.

    Not enough storage space in their taxpayer-funded flat? How much space does one need for memory sticks full of hate documents? But I imagine he needed space for his likely equally hateful offspring.

    We need another Enoch Powell in the UK, and fast.