Radical cleric Abu Qatada being freed from UK jail
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
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