Radical cleric Abu Qatada to be released on bail
November 12th, 2012
11:05 AM ET

Radical cleric Abu Qatada to be released on bail

[Updated at 11:05 a.m. ET] Abu Qatada is expected to be released on Tuesday, but his bail conditions are still being set, Britain’s Judicial Communications Office said Monday.

Britain's Special Immigration Appeals Commission upheld the radical cleric's appeal against deportation to Jordan earlier Monday

[Posted at 7:47 a.m. ET] Radical cleric Abu Qatada has won a legal battle that means he will not be deported from the United Kingdom to Jordan, the latest round in a long-running battle over British efforts to deport the man accused of funding terrorist groups and said to have inspired one of the 9/11 hijackers.

The British government says Abu Qatada raised money for terrorist groups, including organizations linked to former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, and has publicly supported the violent activities of those groups.

Videos of his preaching were found in a German apartment used by some of those involved in the 9/11 attacks on the United States, including ringleader Mohammed Atta.

Abu Qatada has denied the allegations against him.

Also known as Omar Othman, Abu Qatada arrived in the United Kingdom in 1993 and applied for asylum on the grounds that he had been tortured by Jordanian authorities. He came to Britain on a forged United Arab Emirates passport, according to court documents, and claimed asylum for himself, his wife and their three children.

Britain has been trying to deport Abu Qatada for years, but his legal appeals have kept him in the United Kingdom.

In January, the European Court of Human Rights blocked Britain from sending him to Jordan because of fears that evidence obtained by torture could be used against him at the trial planned by the Middle Eastern country.

Britain then launched a round of negotiations with Jordan in order to deal with the court's concerns and arrested Abu Qatada again on April 17.

"The government strongly disagrees with this ruling. We have obtained assurances not just in relation to the treatment of Qatada himself, but about the quality of the legal processes that would be followed throughout his trial," a Home Office spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said the government would appeal today's ruling.

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  1. ma & pa

    Us sense 'hidden assets' who've lost when they bet "their" life in a desperate risk to get home. That life belonges to God in keeping of the worried parent and is therefore not a betable commodity. Crooks of all kinds, you owe us our children, who were-are lost in body and-or soul from every 'war' from the beginning.

    November 13, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Richard Larson

    Britain's less that sterling record in terms of the life-long incarceration of terrorists proven to be unrepentant, men who have committed their souls to killing those who do not believe as they do, will eventually come to haunt them even more than any Irishman ever turned lose who returned to the scene of his crimes and killed again. This guy is smiling because he knows that the apologist self deluded reformers have given him a pulpit greater than any he would ever have in a mosque in a British city. I say, deport the murderer to Jordan and let them administer the justice you are too gutless to perform yourselves in the mistaken notion that his life means anything to any body. Hell, send him to Gitmo where he will certainly either be deported to the middle east where someone might kill the fool, or we will keep him cooped up until he dies.

    November 13, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. ma & pa

    Should go without being said, if parents lives are also so terror-ruined by crooks that there's no habitable home to go to, then crooks can pay the bill for fixing that also. Hit the crooks in the finances after they've been chipped, tracked and nabbed. A bill for the Twin Towers should be included.

    November 13, 2012 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
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