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Abu Qatada offer as bail case adjourned
Radical cleric Abu Qatada has pledged to leave Britain as soon as a new treaty that would guarantee torture evidence will not be used against him becomes law, an immigration tribunal heard.
Last month the Home Secretary Theresa May signed a new treaty between the UK and Jordan.
She said the agreement includes guarantees that Mr Qatada, a resident of Harrow borough, will not face evidence that might have been obtained by torture in a retrial in Jordan.
Representing Qatada at a bail application hearing, Edward Fitzgerald QC said the terror suspect will return to Jordan once the treaty, revealed last month by the Home Secretary, is ratified by the UK and Jordanian parliaments.
However, Qatada will have to wait to find out if he can be released from Belmarsh prison in the meantime after Mr Justice Irwin at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission adjourned his bail application to May 20.
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