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Radical cleric can be deported home, rules top court

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Latest update : 2009-02-18

Britain's top appeals court ruled on Wednesday that Abu Qatada, a radical Muslim cleric and Jordanian national, can be deported to Jordan, which has repeatedly asked for Qatada's extradition on terrorist charges.

AFP - Abu Qatada, a radical Muslim cleric once described as Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe, faces a retrial in Jordan on terror charges, an official said on Wednesday.
  
Britain's top appeal court ruled on Wednesday that Abu Qatada can be deported to Jordan despite his fears of torture.
  
"By law, he will be put on trial again once he arrives in Jordan because he was sentenced in absentia in 1998 and 2000 for 15 years of hard labour for terrorist activities," the Jordanian official told AFP.
  
Amman has repeatedly urged London to extradite 48-year-old Abu Qatada, a Jordanian of Palestinian origin whose real name is Omar Mahmud Mohammed Othman.
  
But Britain was unable to deport him due to a court ruling in May which found that he could face mistreatment in Jordan.
  
The two countries signed a memorandum of understanding in 2005 to make it easier to deport their citizens.
  
Abu Qatada, who has enjoyed political asylum in Britain since 1993, is wanted in Jordan for funding a terrorist network known as Reform and Challenge (Al Islah Wal Tahhadi) that was dismantled in 1999.

Date created : 2009-02-18

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