Hate preacher Abu Qatada cost Brit taxpayers £200,000 in 'welfare' charges since being deported to Jordan in 2013

BRITAIN has forked out nearly £200,000 protecting Abu Qatada’s welfare since he was deported to Jordan in 2013, it was revealed last night.

The hate preacher’s meetings with human rights workers and doctors were funded by taxpayers for three years, The Times said.

Theresa May – who insisted to Parliament that “significant costs” relating to Qatada were “not acceptable” – is said to have agreed the terms when she was Home Secretary.

The Home Office and Foreign Office reportedly had to pay £66,000 and £124,509 respectively to ensure his wellbeing until March 2016 under the deal.

It was given to the Adaleh Centre for Human Rights Studies in Jordan to cover “welfare visits” by doctors and aid workers who checked the terrorist was not being tortured.

More than £1.9million is thought to have been spent to get Qatada deported from the UK after he was ruled a threat to national security.



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A government spokesman said: “We committed to monitoring Abu Qatada for up to three years from the date of his deportation in July 2013, which included regular meetings and phone calls.

“The final payment for this by the Home Office and the Foreign Office was made in March 2016.”

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