“I am glad that this government’s determination to see him on a plane has been vindicated and that we have at last achieved what previous governments, parliament and the British public have long called for,” May said.
British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday said he was happy the cleric had been deported.
“I was absolutely delighted. This is something this government said it would get done, and we have got it done,” Cameron told reporters. “It’s an issue that, like the rest of the country, has made my blood boil.”
Abu Qatada’s wife and five children are expected to remain in Britain, where he first sought asylum in 1993.
Born Omar Mahmud Mohammed Otman in Bethlehem in the now Israeli-occupied West Bank, Abu Qatada has Jordanian nationality because the town was part of Jordan at the time of his birth.