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Theresa May: 'I received unambiguous advice on Abu Qatada'

PUBLISHED April 24, 2012

Questioned by MPs for the second time in a week about the last-minute appeal by the terror suspect that derailed his deportation, the Home Secretary denied it was a "farce" and said she had to order his arrest in case he escaped.

She admitted there had been "speculation" even before he was detained that he might still have time to lodge an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights, but insisted she had "unambiguous" legal advice that she was in the right.

She said: "I don't consider it a farce for a Government Minister to take unambiguous legal advice, to act on that unambiguous legal advice, and to take action at the first possible opportunity to resume the deportation of an individual who is considered to be a danger to our national security."