Abu Qatada Deported From UK To Jordan

Abu Qatada has left RAF Northolt in west London on a military plane as he is deported to Jordan to stand trial on terror charges.
It marks the end of an eight-year legal battle to remove the radical preacher, who the Government has described as a "truly dangerous individual" and a "key player" in al Qaeda-related terrorism.
Having left Belmarsh prison, Qatada boarded an aircraft at the military airbase.
The plane is taking him to an isolated airstrip near the Jordanian capital Amman where will be transferred to the maximum security Muwaqqar prison, which houses dozens of convicted terrorists.
It is understood that Qatada will be held in solitary confinement at the jail, until the Jordanian authorities can put him on trial.
Qatada originally fled the Middle East and arrived in the UK in 1993. He was granted asylum the following year.
His increasingly radical sermons caught the attention of the security services in Britain and in numerous other countries.
A Spanish judge described him as the "spiritual head of the mujaheddin in Britain".
A number of people arrested on terrorism offences, including British born "shoe-bomber" Richard Reid, admitted seeking religious advice from him.
His sermons were found in the Hamburg flat used by a number of the 9/11 hijackers.
In 2001, on the eve of tough new British anti-terror laws allowing for the detention without trial of foreign terror suspects, Qatada went on the run, before later being arrested and held in Belmarsh prison.
He has spent most of the last decade in detention, the last eight years while contesting efforts to deport him.
On two occasions he was granted bail, but later detained for breaching his strict bail conditions.
His deportation signals the end of a national embarrassment, which critics of European human rights legislation claim has rendered UK politicians powerless to remove someone who they believed to be a clear threat to national security.
It was revealed recently that the cost of years of legal fees from the many court proceedings stood at £1.7m - a bill which will be footed by UK taxpayers.

Yahoo Uk


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