“We had received a number of assurances from the Jordanian government – they had even changed their constitution,” the spokesman said. “We believe that we have got the right assurances from the Jordanian government. The Home Office will be ensuring that we take all the steps necessary to ensure that Qatada does not present a risk to national security.”
After the British home minister travelled to Jordan, the European Court ruled in May that the 52-year-old cleric would not face ill-treatment if returned to Jordan, citing assurances given by Jordan. But the British Court rejected that view, saying a Jordanian court could use evidence against Abu Qatada that had been obtained by torturing others.
Experts say Qatada could now remain in Britain for years to come and even take his case once again to the European Court. But he will be allowed out of his house only between 8 a.m and 4 p.m. and will have to wear an electronic tag, so police can monitor whom he meets.