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. scoto

    This individual and his family live off UK taxpayers. Cant make this up.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sagebrush Shorty

      Correct. And Muslims with more than one wife will continue to receive welfare for each one since the wives can apply for welfare separately.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Badly-Bent

    Let him go. He will attract fly's that are more important than he is and probably a lot of them. Kind of hard to find a better piece of bait.

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

    He is showing his tongue to the judicial and overall system and to all of the peoples who reject terrorism and violence. That's the only reason I can think of why he is smiling and sitting there with confidence.
    What an irony that such radicals continue to flourish, continue to immigrate to other countries even when they hate them. I guess the only reason they immigrate is to sow the seeds of hatred and terrorism in these countries, which they had been successful at times.
    See this leech, who even doesn't want to get deported and continue to utilize the resources and system of the country and the people he plotted and conspired against.
    More and more such examples are coming out everyday from UK and USA mainly. May be the US and UK needs to follow the practices of Mossad and start assassinating these rats without any approval and inside their home !!!

    November 12, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sagebrush Shorty

      Must not offend Islam at any cost. Must continue to treat citizens like terrorists and terrorists like citizens.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pliny

    Please slide a 10-inch kitchen knife deep into his belly before you put him on the plane.

    Twist it around a few times.

    Look him in the eye and tell him that you just sliced up a pig with the knife.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pliny

    Stick a radio-locater up his azz first.

    So the Predator drones will have an easier target.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ring of Fire Dude

    Hercules aircraft-Cleric and family on board-booted out over the Atlantic .

    November 12, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. arosel

    After eating some bad chicken I had a radical Shiite in the toilet.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. USN Ret.

    It is really amazing that it is ok for 12 year old little boys and girls to blow them selves. But their elders who send them to their death will run from their just punishments every time. Just like the KKK hide be hind a mask or a book. YOU JUST GOTTA LOVE THEM. I am southern boy also.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BelladonnaCove

    Beat him to death.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sagebrush Shorty

    And once again the UK should be ashamed of it's court system.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. geladius

    Yea release him!....over the Atlantic ocean.

    November 12, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. greatplotforamovie

    imagine, he is a clone.. and the real one is still in captivity!

    November 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jusme

    Abu Qatada is expected to be released on Tuesday and turn himself into a puff of smoke 2 minutes later.... GONE.

    November 12, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mike

    Please someone kill this guy when he gets out.

    November 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. derp

    This calls for a drone strike.

    November 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
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