British court rules radical preacher can be deported

February 18, 2009

LONDON (ChattahBox) — Britain’s highest court ruled Wednesday that extremist preacher Abu Qatada — once described as Osama bin Laden’s ambassador in Europe — can be deported to Jordan.

Abu Qatada who got into the country in 1993 on a false passport and sought asylum for his family, is accused of being a threat to national security, of raising funds for terror groups and of providing spiritual guidance to Islamic terrorists.

The government says 18 videotapes of his sermons were found in an apartment in Germany used by three of the people who carried out al Qaeda’s attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.

British authorities have been trying to deport him to Jordan, where he has been convicted for his role in two bombings, but appeals courts had ruled that he could not be sent there because he could face torture.

The government has sought to counter rights groups’ fears of torture by securing special agreements with the countries concerned that deportees will not be ill-treated.

The Home Office appealed, and the Law Lords on Wednesday reversed the appeal court ruling.

The lawyers for Abu Qatada and three other men who were also accused of terror offenses will appeal their cases to the European Court of Human Rights. None of the men will be allowed to be deported while that appeal is pending.

Here are a few of Qatada’s escapades in Britain:

September 1993 Abu Qatada, real name Omar Mahmoud Mohammed Othman, arrives in Britain with his wife and three children on a fake passport and claims asylum.

June 1994 Is allowed to stay in Britain.

March 1995 Issues a “fatwa” justifying the killing of converts from Islam, their wives and children in Algeria.

April 1999 Convicted in his absence on terror charges in Jordan and sentenced to life imprisonment.

October 1999 Speaks in London advocating the killing of Jews and praising attacks on Americans.

February 2001 Arrested by anti-terror police over involvement in plot to bomb Strasbourg Christmas market.

December 2001 Becomes one of Britain’s most wanted men after going on the run from his home in Acton, West London.


2 Responses to “British court rules radical preacher can be deported”

  1. arizonacharliescasino on February 18th, 2009 2:59 pm

    nice pic so cute boy

  2. olivia on February 18th, 2009 3:28 pm

    Arizona: Wait…what? LOL. You think the radical preacher who ran from terrorist charges is cute? Or did you have some kind of brain injury that causes you to hallucinate different images then those shown?

    I am seriously confused.

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