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Radical Cleric Abu Qatada's Family Members Leave UK

15/08/2013 20:24 BST | Updated 15/08/2013 20:25 BST
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 7: (NO SALES) (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this handout image provided by the MoD, radical cleric Abu Qatada (L) prepares to board a plane at RAF Northolt which will take him to Jordan, after he was deported from the UK to face terrorism charges in his home country, on July 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Sgt Ralph Merry/MoD via Getty Images)

The family of radical cleric Abu Qatada has followed him out of the UK, it has been revealed.

The Home Office said Qatada's wife and children had formally dropped their bid to stay in the UK.

The move comes after the Government finally deported the extremist to Jordan following a decade long legal battle that cost the taxpayer millions of pounds.

The family is said to have boarded a flight to Amman, where Qatada is awaiting trial on terrorism charges, this evening.

A Home Office spokesman said: "Abu Qatada's wife and five children have now left the UK.

"The family has formally agreed to drop an outstanding application for Indefinite Leave to Remain."