Newshour: How Abu Qatada defeated six UK home secretaries by BBC World Service Radio published on 2013/03/27 19:15:18 +0000 The British government has lost the latest stage of a long-running battle to deport a radical Muslim preacher, Abu Qatada, to Jordan. Abu Qatada al-Filistini fled to the UK in 1993 on a forged passport and was granted asylum on the grounds that he would face religious persecution in Jordan. He has been confusing the legal system ever since - tapes of his sermons were discovered in a Hamburg flat used by the 9/11 hijackers - accused of many things but convicted of nothing. The government has said it will appeal again. Six British home secretaries have tried to deal with the Abu Qatada issue and they have all failed. One of them, Lord Reid, was Home Secretary in 2007 Newshour's Owen Bennett-Jones asked him what should be done now to resolve the case? He says closed courts, where evidence is heard in secret, is what are needed.