Statement on Abu Qatada

18 April 2012

Home Secretary, Theresa May, made a statement in the House of Commons on 17 April on Abu Qatada

Abu Qatada

The Home Secretary announced that the Jordanian terror suspect, Abu Qatada, has been detained by officers from the UK Border Agency and served notice that deportation proceedings have been resumed against him.

In January, the European Court of Human Rights ruled against his deportation to Jordan where he stands accused of terrorism offences. The Home Secretary last updated the House on Abu Qatada's status in February.

Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.

Watch and read the statement and the views expressed by MPs on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard. Also find current parliamentary material on Terrorism in the Topics and News sections.

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Oral statements are made after Question Time (or at 11am on a Friday). Statements normally relate to matters of policy or government actions. At the end of a statement, MPs can respond or question the government minister on its contents.

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