Terrorist suspect Abu Qatada freed from British jail


The UK government lost its appeal against a court ruling barring the radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada’s deportation on the grounds that he would not get a fair trial in Jordan where he was convicted in absentia for two bomb plots. Once called Osama bin Laden’s right hand man in Europe, the fire-eating preacher has fought his extradition for seven years. Home Secretaryh Teresa May said the government strongly disagrees with the ruling. She said he will be subjected to strict bail conditions with an electronic tag, curfew and limited Internet use. In parliament she was accused of a “catalogue of confusion and mistakes” that resulted in the terrorist being “back on the street.” Jordan has guaranteed a fair trial to facilitate his extradition.

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