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Abu Qatada Moves House Whilst Fighting Deportation Battle

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Abu Qatada, the radical Islamist preacher, has moved house while he fights the latest round in his battle against deportation, according to a report.

The terror suspect, once described as Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe, moved home yesterday to what is believed to be a larger residence in the greater London area, The Sun reported.

The move comes after Home Secretary Theresa May was granted permission to appeal against a Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) ruling that Qatada should not be deported to Jordan, where he was convicted of terror charges in his absence in 1999.

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Qatada's previous residence was worth £400,000

A panel of three judges found there was a risk that evidence obtained using torture would be used against the controversial cleric in a re-trial.

Qatada was granted bail following the Siac ruling last month and released from HMP Long Lartin, returning to his family home in London.

He is subject to a stringent list of bail conditions including a 16-hour curfew, wearing an electronic tag, having no mobile phone, a ban on using computers, and not meeting anyone without prior permission.

Qatada is said to have wide and high-level support among extremists, and featured in hate sermons found on videos in the flat of one of the September 11 bombers.

He has battled deportation for over a decade and has so far thwarted every attempt by the Government to remove him.

The cleric has faced demonstrations from protesters angry at his continuing presence in the UK.

A Home Office spokesman declined to comment on The Sun report. "We do not comment on operational security matters," he said.

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