Abu Qatada, the radical Islamic cleric, has been found not guilty of terror charges against Western and Islamic targets in Jordan. The Judges found insufficient evidence during his trail in Jordan.
Qatada claimed asylum in the UK in 1994 using a forged passport after claims of being tortured in Jordan. MI5 grew suspicious of him after it was discovered he had offered spiritual support to extremist Islamic groups planning attacks on Western and Israeli targets in Jordan.
Qatada was detained in 2002 and extradited in July 2013 after a long legal battle claiming that he would not receive a fair trail in Jordan. A spokesperson of the home office said, “It is right that the due process of law has taken place in Jordan. The UK courts agreed that Abu Qatada posed a threat to national security in the UK, so we are pleased that we were able to remove him.”
Al Jazeera’s Nisreen El-Shamayleh, has said that the timing of Qatada’s release is critical due to Jordan backing the current US led campaign against Iraq and extremist group ISIL, with air strikes in Syria.
Qatada was released from Jordan prison moments ago and the sky news desk has tweeted “Home Secretary Theresa May has insisted that #AbuQatada “will not be returning” to the UK after being cleared of terror charges in Jordan”.