Qatada to be deported by the end of the month

By Tom Whitehead, Security Editor

The treaty, which paves the way for the extremist cleric’s deportation, will now be law in both the UK and Jordan by the end of this week.

Qatada, who has resisted his removal for up to a decade, has said he will end his fight once the agreement, which protects his human rights, is made law.

He is wanted in Jordan to face terror charges and his removal will end a saga that has cost the taxpayer more than £4 million.

It emerged last week that since 2005 the legal costs of challenges against deportation by the fanatic, who was once described by a judge as Osama bin Laden’s right hand man in Europe, has been more than £1.7 million.

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled Qatada cannot be deported because he faces the risk that evidence obtained by torture may be used against him in a trial there – a decision upheld by the domestic courts.