--Advertisement--
Ad by The Cutting Edge News

The Cutting Edge

Sunday April 22 2018 reaching 1.4 million monthly
--Advertisement--
Ad by The Cutting Edge News

The War on Terror

Back to News

Britain Ejects Radical Islamist Cleric to Jordan

July 7th 2013

Abu Qatada

Radical Islamic cleric Abu Qatada was deported from Britain to Jordan early on July 7, ending a nearly decade-long legal battle to get him sent back to Jordan to face terrorism charges.

The move comes after Britain and Jordan ratified a treaty on torture aimed at easing the human rights concerns that blocked previous attempts to deport the Palestinian-born Jordanian preacher.

The 53-year-old Abu Qatada, once dubbed Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe, is wanted in Jordan to face retrial in several terrorism cases in which he was sentenced in absentia. British governments have tried since 2001 to deport him, but courts have blocked his extradition due to concerns that Jordan might use evidence obtained under torture against him. The treaty ratified last month ensures that will not happen.

British officials welcomed Abu Qatada's departure, with Home Secretary Theresa May pledging to work to eliminate the many layers of appeals processes available in such cases, so that this kind of drawn-out legal battle cannot be repeated.

- from VOA News and agency reports.


Back to News
Copyright © 2007-2018The Cutting Edge News About Us