Qatada deportation hearing begins

LONDON, March 11 (UPI) -- Lawyers for Britain's Home Secretary began another attempt Monday to expel radical cleric Abu Qatada, who has fought deportation to Jordan for a decade.

Radical cleric Qatada arrested in U.K.

LONDON, March 9 (UPI) -- A Muslim cleric who had ties to al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden was arrested at his home in Britain for allegedly violating bail conditions, authorities said.

Cleric protests moved back from his house

LONDON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A British judge has warned those conducting weekly protests against a radical Islamic cleric to stay back after his family said they feared for their lives.

London probes terrorist deportation rules

LONDON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- The British Parliament sought to question British Home Secretary Theresa May on the difficulties of deporting foreign terrorists, a committee chairman said.

Hate cleric’s deportation battle increasingly costs British taxpayers

LONDON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The British government gave an Islamist extremist larger amounts of money to battle deportation attempts than was previously estimated, officials said.

Latest ruling on Qatada will be appealed

LONDON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May said she will appeal a decision to block the deportation of suspected terrorist Abu Qatada to Jordan.

Cleric requests new home in Britain

LONDON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada has asked to be relocated from his London home days after being released from jail, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Brits fed up with Euro human rights laws

LONDON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- A Conservative British lawmaker is calling for a review of human rights laws after a suspected al-Qaida terrorist was let out of jail.
Britain frees radical cleric after ruling

Britain frees radical cleric after ruling

LONDON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada has been released from prison on bail after a British court ruled he should not be deported to Jordan for trial.

British panel: Qatada can't be deported

LONDON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Britain's Special Immigration Appeals Commission ruled in favor of radical cleric Abu Qatada in his appeal against being deported to Jordan, officials said.

Britain seeks to deport Muslim cleric

LONDON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The British government said it has obtained the needed assurances to extradite Palestinian-born cleric Abu Qatada to Jordan where he is wanted for terrorism.

Cleric Qatada loses latest bid for freedom

LONDON, July 31 (UPI) -- Radical religious leader Abu Qatada lost another round in a British court, as judges rejected the latest challenge against his detention.

New appeal for Abu Qatada

LONDON, May 28 (UPI) -- Abu Qatada, fighting deportation from Britain to Jordan where he faces terrorism charges, has launched a new appeal, his lawyers said Monday.

European court: Britain can deport cleric

STRASBOURG, France, May 9 (UPI) -- The European Court of Human Rights has ruled Britain can deport a radical Islamic cleric to Jordan.

Al-Qaida group offers hostage for Qatada

LONDON, April 30 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida insurgents have offered to release a British hostage in exchange for allowing radical cleric Abu Qatada to avoid extradition from Britain to 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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