TERROR suspect Abu Qatada smiled as he was released from jail today after winning the latest round in his battle against extradition.
Qatada was driven away from the maximum security prison HMP Long Lartin in Worcestershire in a black Volkswagen people carrier.
The heavily-bearded radical cleric, who was sitting in the rear of the vehicle, made no attempt to hide from waiting media cameras and appeared to be smiling.
Judges yesterday approved his appeal against deportation to Jordan to stand trial.
The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) said that despite assurances from the Arab kingdom, it could not be sure that evidence from witnesses who had been tortured would not be included in a retrial in his homeland.
Home Secretary Theresa May, who travelled to Jordan earlier this year in a bid to pave the way for Qatada's deportation, has vowed that the Government will continue to fight to "get rid'' of him and told MPs yesterday the Home Office will appeal against Siac's decision.
Qatada, once described as Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe, is expected to return to his home address in London - although he is said to be planning to move with his family.
He will be subject to a 16-hour curfew and allowed out between 8am and 4pm, with conditions including wearing an electronic tag, not using the internet, and not contacting certain people.