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Qatada family members leave UK
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, on Thursday 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."
Qatada fled to Britain from Jordan in 1993 with his wife and their first three children. He was granted leave to remain the following year after claiming asylum on the grounds of religious persecution.
Meanwhile, the Jordanian authorities convicted him of terror charges in his absence. In 2001 he went on the run after being questioned over alleged links to a German terror cell.
He was finally arrested in 2002 and detained at Belmarsh high security jail in south-east London. But he was never charged, and attempts to deport him to his native Jordan were resisted by the European Courts on human rights grounds.
Qatada only gave up his fight after the Jordanian government ratified a new treaty guaranteeing his right to a fair trial.
His wife and children had apparently been living in a council house in Middlesex over recent months. However, there had been protests against their presence by neighbours and members of the English Defence League (EDL).