Jordanian court acquits radical cleric Abu Qatada of terror charges

Jordanian court acquits radical cleric Abu Qatada of terror charges

AMMAN, Jordan, June 26 (UPI) --Radical cleric Abu Qatada was acquitted Thursday by a Jordanian court that found him not guilty of plotting to bomb an American school in 1998.
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Abu Qatada, deported by Britain, pleads not guilty to terrorism

AMMAN, Jordan, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Radical cleric Abu Qatada, deported to Jordan after a 10-year legal battle in Britain, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to carry out terrorist acts.

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

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.

Syrian battlefield advances dim hopes for peace talks

DAMASCUS, Syria, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Political analysts say a series of battlefield wins for the Syrian government could make it tougher to reach a negotiated peace.

Radical cleric Abu Qatada denies terrorism charges

LONDON, July 7 (UPI) -- Radical cleric Abu Qatada denied terror charges against him hours after he arrived in Jordan Sunday after being deported from England, legal sources told CNN.

Abu Qatada may be flown from Britain on Sunday on chartered plane

LONDON, July 6 (UPI) -- Imprisoned extremist Muslim cleric Abu Qatada will be flown from England to Jordan on a chartered airplane, British officials say.

Britain spent more then $1 million defending cleric

LONDON, June 15 (UPI) -- The British government spent more than $1 million defending a radical Muslim clergyman in his long fight against deportation.

Jordan moves on treaty with Britain to allow deportation of Abu Qatada

AMMAN, Jordan, June 12 (UPI) -- Approval of a treaty with Jordan likely will jump start British efforts to deport radical Islamic cleric Abu Qatada, British government officials said.

Radical cleric to remain in London jail after judge denies bail

LONDON, May 20 (UPI) -- A British judge Monday denied bail to radical cleric Abu Qatada, in jail since March for allegedly violating conditions of his bail.

Tip from Scotland Yard leads to arrest in terror arrest in Denmark

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, May 14 (UPI) -- An extremist known as "the bookseller from Bronshoj" has been arrested and charged with violating Denmark's terrorism laws, Copenhagen police said.

British lawyer: Qatada would go to Jordan if government OKs treaty

LONDON, May 10 (UPI) -- Radical cleric Abu Qatada would return to Jordan if the Jordanian government approves a treaty on use of evidence gained by torture, a British court learned.

Britain considers temporary leave from human rights convention

LONDON, April 24 (UPI) -- Britain is investigating whether it can temporarily withdraw from Europe's human rights convention while it tries to deport a radical cleric, officials said.

Home secretary: Qatada may be prosecuted in Britain

LONDON, April 18 (UPI) -- Investigators are trying to determine if the radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada can be prosecuted in Britain, Home Secretary Theresa May said Thursday.

Qatada wins latest deportation battle

LONDON, March 27 (UPI) -- Radical Islamic cleric Abu Qatada will remain in Britain as the High Court ruled Wednesday evidence obtained by torture could be used against him in Jordan.

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Abû-Qatâda al-Filisṭînî (Arabic: أبو قتادة الفلسطيني‎), sometimes called Abû-Omar (ابو عمر) is an Islamist militant. Under the name Omar Mahmoud Othman (عمر محمود عثمان), he is under worldwide embargo by the United Nations Security Council Committee 1267 for his affiliation with al-Qaeda. He is wanted on terrorism charges in Algeria, the United States, Belgium, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, and his native Jordan.

After the liberation of Kuwait from Iraq (which Abu Qatada opposed) he was expelled from Kuwait to Jordan. From there he travelled to the UK in 1993 on a forged UAE passport, and requested asylum on grounds of religious persecution. He was granted asylum the following year. He has been in British custody since his most recent arrest, in August 2005, shortly after the July 2005 London bombings. A British court ruled on February 26, 2007 that he may be deported to Jordan. Qatada won the appeal against deportation in April 2008 under the British Human Rights Act 1998 and European Convention on Human Rights despite suspected continued terrorist involvement, but remained in prison. On 8 May 2008 he was granted bail by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission with security provided by former terrorist hostage Norman Kember who Qatada had requested the release of before his rescue by the SAS in 2006. In November 2008 Qatada was rearrested for breaking his bail conditions. His bail was revoked and he was sent back to prison pending his deportation from the United Kingdom.

Abu Qatada is a Jordanian national, having been born in Bethlehem in 1960, at which time the West Bank was part of Jordan. Al-Filistini means the Palestinian.

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