Muslim cleric Abu Qatada released on bail
London: After having spent seven years in British custody, radical Muslim preacher Abu Qatada finally came out of detention on bail on Tuesday.
Qatada yesterday won his appeal against deportation from Britain to Jordan to face terrorism charges after judges ruled that despite Jordanian assurances, the cleric faced risk of trial based on evidence obtained by torture.
Qatada was being held in Long Lartin prison, in Worcestershire.
Jordan’s Deputy PM Nick Clegg made clear that they were “absolutely determined" to deport him. He added that the Jordanian government disagreed with the judgment and will challenge the ruling.
Qatada, whose real name is Mohommed Othman, was previously been described by the British courts as "a truly dangerous individual at the centre in the United Kingdom of terrorist activities associated with al-Qaeda".
Qatada, believed to be having wide and high-level support among Islamist extremists, is alleged of bomb plots in Jordan.
(With Agency Inputs)