Britain set for long-awaited deportation of Abu Qatada

Abu Qatada was once described by a Spanish judge as "Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe". (File photp: AFP)

In an end to eight years of government efforts to send him home for trial, radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada will be deported by Britain to Jordan on Sunday, according to British news reports.

According to The Times newspaper, Abu Qatada will be put on a special flight at around 0100 GMT and observers from a Jordanian human rights organization would accompany him

Abu Qatada, once described by a Spanish judge as "Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe", is wanted in Jordan on charges of alleged terrorism and has been in and out of jail since first being arrested in 2001.

He was sent back to prison last March for breaching his bail conditions.

Jordan removed the last obstacle preventing Britain from sending Abu Qatada back home last month by approving an extradition treaty satisfying the concerns of British judges that evidence obtained through torture could be used against him, Reuters reports.

His wife and five children are expected to remain in Britain, where he first came in 1993 seeking asylum, according to AFP news agency.

(With AFP and Reuters)
 

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