13 November 2012

Tunisia: Abu Qatada to Be Released From Prison

London — Muslim cleric Abu Qatada, whose real name is Omar Othman, is due to be released on bail, from Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire, after he won an appeal in Britain against his deportation to Jordan, where he faces convictions over terrorist offences related to two alleged bomb plots.

Judge John Mitting granted Abu Qatada bail on Monday and said he would be freed from prison on Tuesday, despite a claim from a government lawyer that he poses a major security threat.

Abu Qatada's lawyers told the Special Immigration Appeals Commission he would not get a fair trial in Jordan, where he is accused of bomb plots.

Home Secretary Theresa May has branded the ruling "deeply unsatisfactory" and has said the government will try to appeal against the decision.

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