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    Jordan Charges Deported Muslim Cleric with Terrorism

    In this photo released by Ministry of Defense, Radical Muslim preacher Abu Qatada boards a private flight bound for Jordan, at RAF Northolt in London, July 7, 2013.In this photo released by Ministry of Defense, Radical Muslim preacher Abu Qatada boards a private flight bound for Jordan, at RAF Northolt in London, July 7, 2013.
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    In this photo released by Ministry of Defense, Radical Muslim preacher Abu Qatada boards a private flight bound for Jordan, at RAF Northolt in London, July 7, 2013.
    In this photo released by Ministry of Defense, Radical Muslim preacher Abu Qatada boards a private flight bound for Jordan, at RAF Northolt in London, July 7, 2013.
    VOA News
    Jordanian military prosecutors have charged radical Islamic cleric Abu Qatada with conspiracy to carry out terror attacks, just hours after his deportation from Britain.

    The French news agency, AFP, quoted Abu Qatada's lawyer Taysir Diab as saying the Muslim preacher pleaded not guilty and that an appeal to release him on bail would be submitted to the court in Amman on Monday.

    Abu Qatada's deportation early Sunday ended a nearly decade-long legal battle to have him returned to Jordan to face terrorism charges.

    The move came 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 expected to face retrial in several Jordanian terrorism cases in which he was sentenced in absentia.

    British governments have tried since 2001 to deport him, but courts in that country and Europe blocked his extradition due to concerns that Jordan might use evidence obtained under torture against him.

    The treaty ratified last month eased those concerns.

    British officials welcomed Abu Qatada's departure. Home Secretary Theresa May pledged 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.

    Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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    by: MUSTAFA from: INDIA
    July 08, 2013 1:57 AM
    I do not think he will get justice. Jordon rule by King and who ever anger him will be behind bar (period i do not know). This is the system in ME, do not anger KING other wise your life will be miserable. To anger GOD no problem in this world but do not think against the will of king.

    by: Kafantaris from: USA, Ohio
    July 07, 2013 11:00 AM
    Ahmad Bajalan writes:
    "Religious fascists should not find safe haven in democratic free countries. We of Middle Eastern origin who have settled and wish to adapt to the way of life in the UK suffer because of their behaviour. We are tarred by their aggressive intolerant ideologies. So good riddance to Abu Qatada."
    Good riddance to him, indeed -- and to all others like him the world over.

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