Abu Qatada, a radical Muslim cleric once described as “Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe”, will be released on bail within days after the Special Immigration Appeals Commission was forced to heed the ruling from Strasbourg that he could not be deported to Jordan because of the risk that evidence obtained using torture could be used against him.
The bail conditions will be similar to those set in 2008, with the cleric confined to his home for all but two one-hour periods each day. He will also be allowed to take one of his five children to school.
Restrictions on his movement, however, could be lifted if the Home Secretary fails to show within three months that progress is being made in negotiations with Jordan regarding his extradition
David Anderson, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, said Qatada could only be subject to a new type of control order known as a TPIM for a maximum of two years before it expires.