Radical Islamist Abu Qatada's retrial set for Dec. 10 in Jordan

Dec. 3, 2013 at 9:11 AM

AMMAN, Jordan, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The retrial of radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada, deported by Britain after a 10-year legal battle, is to start Dec. 10, Middle East Online reported Tuesday.

"The state security court has set next Tuesday, Dec. 10, as the date for the first hearing in the trial of Abu Qatada," a judiciary source told the news website.

Defense lawyer Taysir Diab said he would meet with his client Saturday ahead of the trial opening.

Britain deported Qatada after signing a treaty that would prevent evidence obtained using torture tactics from being admitted at trial, Middle East Online said.

Qatada is charged with conspiracy to carry out terrorist acts and if convicted, faces a minimum 15 years of hard labor.

Qatada, who was born in Palestine, was absent when he was condemned to death on the same charges in 1999 for the attack on the American school in Amman.

The sentence was later reduced to imprisonment with hard labor.

In 2000, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for planning attacks on tourists in Jordan but was absent again.

The law gives Qatada the right to be present at a retrial.

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