Radical cleric Abu Qatada being freed from UK jail

The Palestinian-Jordanian cleric has spent more than six years in prison fighting deportation.

London: Bail conditions have been agreed for
radical cleric Abu Qatada, Britain`s judiciary said Monday,
signalling his imminent release from an English prison.

The 51-year-old extremist preacher, whom officials have
called a leading al Qaeda figure, is likely to be freed from
Long Lartin jail later today.

The Palestinian-Jordanian cleric has spent more than six
years in prison fighting deportation, but a tribunal ruled
last week he should be released on bail.

Bail conditions are likely to include a curfew and an
electronic anklet.

Abu Qatada, whose real name is Omar Mahmoud Mohammed
Othman, has been described in both Spanish and British courts
as a leading al Qaeda figure in Europe. He is reported to have
had close ties to the late Osama bin Laden.

British officials say he poses a serious threat to the
country`s security, but attempts to deport him to Jordan to
face terrorism charges was blocked by the European Court of
Human Rights, which ruled last month that there is a risk
evidence obtained through torture would be used against him in
court.

PTI

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