Cleric Abu Qatada shouldn't be extradited by Britain, judge rules


LONDON — Abu Qatada, an Islamic cleric accused of having links to the terrorist group al-Qaeda, won a ruling from a London court today blocking his extradition to Jordan.

The 51-year-old, whose real name is Mohammed Othman, will remain in custody in Britain.

The special immigration appeal court’s ruling means the Jordanian can try to have British Home Secretary Theresa May’s decision to allow deportation overturned.

The court said it couldn’t definitively conclude evidence against Abu Qatada wasn’t obtained through torture.

Abu Qatada, who denies any links to al-Qaida, was briefly released from British custody in February after the European Court of Human Rights ruled his right to a fair trial may be violated in Jordan.


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