New hurdle in UK bid to deport cleric

2012-04-18 21:21

Paris - A spokesperson for Europe's human rights court says radical cleric Abu Qatada is appealing Britain's move to deport him to Jordan.

Celine Menu-Lange says the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg received Qatada's appeal late on Tuesday. Menu-Lange says the court's January ruling that Qatada could not be deported remains in effect pending his appeal.

The court blocked his deportation because of a risk that evidence obtained through torture would be used against him in Jordan.

British authorities have long tried to expel the Palestinian-Jordanian preacher described in both Spanish and British courts as a leading al-Qaeda figure in Europe.

Qatada was convicted in his absence in Jordan of terrorist offences related to two alleged bomb plots in 1999 and 2000, and he faces a retrial if deported.

Read more on:    al-qaeda  |  abu qatada  |  security

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