Qatada up on terror charge

2013-07-07 21:15
Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada. (File, AFP)

Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada. (File, AFP)

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Amman - A Jordanian military prosecutor says he has charged a radical Muslim preacher with conspiring to carry out al-Qaeda-linked attacks on Americans, Israelis and other Westerners in this key US ally.

Abu Qatada, 53, arrived in Jordan earlier on Sunday after being deported from Britain.

His extradition had been blocked in British and European courts for more than a decade over human rights concerns. Britain and Jordan ratified a treaty on torture aimed at easing those worries, clearing the way for his deportation.

The military prosecutor says Abu Qatada will be detained for 15 days pending further questioning.

He says the cleric will remain at Muwaqar I, a prison in Amman's southeastern industrial suburb of Sahab.

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