Abu Qatada cleared of terror charges in Jordan, leaves jail

Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada was cleared of conspiring terror attacks on US and Israeli citizens by a Jordan's state security court.

Updated: Sep 24, 2014, 15:53 PM IST

New Delhi: Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada was cleared of conspiring terror attacks on US and Israeli citizens by a Jordan's state security court on Wednesday and has been released from jail.

The Muslim preacher was given a clean chit for his involvement in planning of terror attacks against Israeli, US tourists and Western diplomats in 2000.

Lack of evidence led to the acquittal of Qatada, as per news reports.  

Qatada was accused of helping the men through spiritual writings for allegedly planning the attacks during millenium celebrations, the BBC reported.

The judgment was given by a panel of civilian judges in a court located at a military base in Marka.

He was earlier acquitted in a 1999 bombing attack on an American school in Amman as well.

Qatada was deported from UK in 1998 after a 10-year legal battle.