Mr Justice Mitting granted Qatada bail, which will confine the cleric to his home for all but two one-hour periods a day. However, restrictions on his movement could be lifted if the Home Secretary fails to show that progress is being made in negotiations with Jordan regarding his extradition, it is reported.

Strasbourg ruled that Qatada, once described as Osama bin Laden’s “right hand man in Europe”, could not be deported because of the risk that evidence obtained using torture could be used against him.

A spokeswoman for the prime minister said: “We are absolutely committed to protecting national security and we are going to take the necessary measures to do so.

“We are in no doubt that this is a dangerous man and he poses a real threat to our security. He has not changed his views or attitude to this country.

“It is not the end of the road. We are considering our legal options.”

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