Britain to deport cleric Abu Qatada on Sunday

Cleric Abu Qatada will be deported by Britain to Jordan on Sunday, ending eight years of government efforts to send him to Jordan for trial, British papers reported on Saturday.

Britain to deport cleric Abu Qatada on Sunday

Cleric Abu Qatada will be deported by Britain to Jordan on Sunday, ending eight years of government efforts to send him to Jordan for trial, British papers reported on Saturday.

Abu Qatada, wanted in Jordan, will be put on a special flight at around 0100 GMT, the Times newspaper said. Observers from a Jordanian human rights organisation would accompany him, the Telegraph said.

A spokeswoman for the Home Office declined to comment on the reports.

London says Abu Qatada, who is accused of spreading ideas that inspired one of the Sept. 11, 2001 hijackers, poses a national security risk, but he has never been charged with any offence in Britain.

He has been in and out of jail in Britain since first being arrested in 2001 and in recent years has been living at a house in London under tight bail conditions including a 16-hour curfew and a ban on using any telecommunications equipment.

Jordan removed the last obstacle preventing Britain from sending Abu Qatada back home last month by approving an extradition treaty satisfying the concerns of British judges that evidence obtained through torture could be used against him.

The saga has been embarrassing for Britain's Conservative-led government, which wants to appear tough on security and immigration.

Last Mod: 06 Temmuz 2013, 12:41
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