PM and Jordanian king discuss Qatada

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David Cameron and the King of Jordan yesterday reaffirmed their determination to find a way of securing the deportation from Britain of terrorist suspect Abu Qatada.

During talks in Downing Street, the Prime Minister and King Abdullah discussed the long-running battle to have Qatada removed to stand trial in Jordan.

The Special Immigration Appeals Commission last month upheld Qatada’s appeal against deportation as it ruled that, despite assurances from the Arab kingdom, it could not be sure evidence from witnesses who had been tortured would not be included in a retrial in his homeland.

The government is appealing the decision, but Qatada – convicted of terrorist charges in Jordan in his absence in 1999 – remains in the UK on bail.