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.

soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Nathan

    MI6 or the CIA should just make him disappear. No fuss no muss.

    November 12, 2012 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. aza

    That is what these criminals rely on, these laws have to be change and challange due to the world of dirty muslims terrorists we live in.
    When is euorope and north america will wake up? when it is too late, they need to deport all the muslims to their own countries where there is no law there

    November 12, 2012 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Ronald Hussein Reagan


      November 12, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. AdeC

    We Brits are SICK AND TIRED of the euro courts! If it ws up to the people he'd be there 5 years ago!

    November 12, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. Pete

    These are Obama's people. Muslims.

    November 12, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Ronald Hussein Reagan

      Knowing there are people like you going nutttier makes the election results so much sweeeter.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rascal Rabble

    trying...to deport??? I could see that as a legitimate argument if the man was trully a british citizen...but he is not...how STUPID are the british courts...a foreign crimminal has squatter's rights...pleeze!

    November 12, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bernie

    The way Britain is going he'll probably get a knighthood next

    November 12, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rascal Rabble

    anchor babies uses the same argument...the duplicity is insane...greedy attorneys and a dummy judge is all you need to rubber stamp stupidity.

    November 12, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Ronald Hussein Reagan

      Angkor babies in Burma!!!!! Mouse at Gound 0!!!!! Billl AYers!!!! Moolem, MOoslem Harry Carey..... Billl AYers!!!!! Fat and Flatulent!!!!!

      November 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mark

    This guy is a Muslim. I wonder if he is one of Obama's pals?

    November 12, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. mike hunt

    take note america, this is were we are headed next.

    November 12, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ted Underhill

    Annnnd welcome to your future, America. Yeah, we really need to try to be more like Europe. Those cats have it all figured out.

    November 12, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mike H.

    Hats off to an independent Judicial system.

    November 12, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. stampitout

    Why bother with the airfare, K I L L him in place and feed the left overs to the pigs.

    November 12, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. Anne

    I hate how they always say " we Muslims will use your laws against you " nice.

    November 12, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • USN Ret.

      Anne: I will defend your rights till death and to lump all Muslims under the same umbrella is insanity in it's self. Christian, Jews, Muslims and any other religion should be free to live and prosper any where on this earth.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mr big pants

    So when there's ANOTHER terrorist attack and it gets linked to this clown, we can then blame the UK and Europe Court of Human Rights.....good to know this in advance.
    Nice beard by the way.

    November 12, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sagebrush Shorty

    Must not offend Islam.

    November 12, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
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