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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cameron fuels the confusion over Qatada: PM claims European Court 'told' Home Office when appeal deadline was up

David Cameron unleashed new chaos over hate preacher Abu Qatada case yesterday.

The Prime Minister claimed that the European Court of Human Rights ‘told’ the Home Office that the time limit for the radical Islamist to appeal against deportation would expire last Monday at midnight.

His claims were met with surprise in the Home Office and sparked accusations from Labour that he lied - forcing Mr Cameron to back track.

The confusion sparked a political farce last week when Abu Qatada launched an appeal a day later with the Court which could keep him in Britain for another 18 months.

The court has since signalled it believed the deadline for an appeal was midnight last Tuesday. Read More