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Official: UK home sec in Jordan for Qatada case

Official: UK home sec in Jordan for Qatada case

Officials say British Home Secretary Theresa May is in Jordan in an effort to overcome a European ban on deporting a radical Islamist cleric to the Arab country.
Britain wants to deport Abu Qatada, a Palestinian-Jordanian preacher whom British officials say is an al-Qaida figurehead and a threat to national security.
But extradition has been prevented by a European Court of Human Rights ruling that there is a risk evidence obtained through torture would be used against him if he is put on trial in Jordan.
An official said Monday the government would not release details about her trip. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because of government rules.
Abu Qatada spent six years in jail in Britain, though he has never been charged with any crime there. He was freed last month.


Updated : 2020-12-06 06:45 GMT+08:00