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Britain, Jordan Reach Deportation Agreement


British officials say they have reached preliminary agreement with Jordan, allowing Britain to deport Jordanian nationals with guarantees they will not be mistreated.

A spokesman for British Prime Minister Tony Blair Wednesday said the move could lead to similar agreements with several North African nations.

Under international law, Britain must seek guarantees that deportees will not face torture or the death penalty before expelling them.

The spokesman said once the formal agreement is signed several Jordanian nationals may face deportation proceedings.

One cleric who could face deportation is Abu Qatada, who fled to Britain claiming persecution in Jordan. He has been convicted in absentia of terrorism in Jordan.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.