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Islamist Cleric Abu Qatada Freed by Jordan Court After Acquittal

Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 07:30 AM

Islamic cleric Abu Qatada, deported from Britain last year, was today acquitted by a Jordanian court of involvement in foiled plots to bomb Western embassies more than a decade ago.

Abu Qatada, whose real name is Mohammed Othman, has been released from Mwaqqar prison after being cleared of terrorism charges, his lawyer Mousa Abdullat said by phone.

The cleric was acquitted in June in another case, a failed attempt to bomb an American school in Amman in the late 1990s. He had been convicted in absentia in Jordan and sentenced to life in prison on both charges.

Abu Qatada arrived in Britain in 1993 on a forged passport and had been in and out of U.K. jails for more than a decade before being sent back to Jordan in July 2013 to face trial. He was once described by a judge in Spain as former al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe, an accusation he denies.

“Abu Qatada remains subject to a deportation order and a United Nations travel ban,” U.K. Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire said in a statement today. “He is not coming back to the U.K.”

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