The King of Jordan has endorsed a treaty with the UK that will pave the way for Abu Qatada to be extradited to Jordan, something the radical cleric has said he will not contest as long as it becomes law in both countries.
The relevant laws should be ratified over the next few days.
This will come as good news to most people in the UK but the UKIP Home Affairs Spokesman, Gerard Batten MEP, said that it was "poor consolation for the vast sums already spent".
"Britain and Jordan are having to jump through hoops to satiate the European Court of Human Rights. The latest news that a treaty has been signed between the UK and Jordan ensuring Abu Qatada a fair trial if deported should move the process of finally putting him on a plane forward.
Yet it is poor consolation for the vast sums of money that have already been spent on housing an alleged terrorist while having to pay for his legal fees. The total runs to almost two million pounds. Perhaps we should send the final bill to the European Court of Human Rights. The British public may well cheer when we finally bid him goodbye and good riddance, but they will not forget the ludicrous process involved and will always question whether the ECHR is protecting the rights of criminals and killers like Qatada at the expense of the taxpayer." He Said.
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