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. The Master

    This should make it easier to terminate him.

    November 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. conner

    a drone stike in london.lol
    brilliant

    November 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • @conner

      If it hit the West End, it could be days before anyone noticed.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. alan

    let him go and watch the rats gather.....id them and......

    November 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. lewtwo

    To which embassy is he headed ?

    November 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. JOSH P.

    Bunch oh hypocrites,we are funding and arming pair mercenaries in Syria just like we did in Libya,and now we have the audacity to even talk about so called terrorists.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. I F UK On The 1st Date

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

    Ridiculous.

    November 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. He Looks Smelly

    He really does

    November 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joseph of Jerusalem

      And on the 12th day god said your fart will stay in your beard. You must let others smell some of it and god will be with you.

      Amen

      November 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gil

      They all look smelly

      November 12, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Frederick1337

    Using the government's mentality, couldnt you also find government related broadcasts and publications? And dosnt that also make them guilty of conspiracy to create terrorism?

    November 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. David

    I find it incredible that the UK Courts allow this animal to stay in their country, live off the taxpayers and counsel his murderous followers to kill the very people defending him. It's no wonder the western world is losing the war on terror and allowing the radical Islamist to run amok amongst us.

    November 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Hide Behind

    al Qaeda, "The List" was just that and no more, and bin Ladin was not even atop the list, just one of many, of names being used by both Brits and US to move arms and men in many different parts of Central Asia, Balkans,Middle East and parts of Africa in the game of empire.
    To this date therehas never been definative proof binLadin had any part in Twin Towers other than as a peripheral player among those on list.
    I canhear youcold dead fingers and my gov told me so.
    This man may and even some Saudis we smile with even today of had far more effect on Tower event than bin Ladin.
    Many a no longer usefull asset has been assigned to those who clean and sweep but inbin Ladins case he was a far greater assetto justify Afghanistan than sweeping away.
    Lots of nepharious characters do the bidding of the black ops and many think they beling but also some may actually believe at the time tthat they are of same mind as benefactors.
    To be used to use others wherw even knowlege of minor part can be dangerous to health years later.
    The lucky ones get jail time and are forgotten, the unlucky ones, call in the cleaners.
    Brits and US now no longer need hidden assets just take andthemselves or dumber than dumbdo it for them.

    November 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. liberal disease

    send him to the USA Barry will bow to him and make sure he is treated well

    November 12, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. reasonablebe

    nuts. the man should be at least kept in custody. why would a ct return someone like this to the street? so he can reek more havoc ?

    November 12, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Hide Behind

    There is a disease in US, realy a combination of ORS and OTM; Where so many have their head up their A...,Opti Rectidus and afraid to to stress their One Track Mind for fear of its jumping off the tracks in between stations.
    They have one way tickets to someplace only they know but the engineers are not going to stop until they get them to where they want them to go.
    There will be no refunds at the end of the tracks.

    November 12, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. 1amazed1

    Plant a chip in him with listening devices...... Would be interesting

    November 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. ma & pa

    Yes.Stay on your own good train and own tracks: Mohammed Atta's life was going along as planned until the likes of Abu Qatada got alongside and in front of him. Atta shudda bumped those out of the way. Instead, he did their bidding like an obedient attack dog.

    November 12, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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