Radical Cleric Leaves UK Prison

Abu Qatada out on bail after deportation effort nixed

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 13, 2012 8:10 AM CST

(Newser) – As expected, radical cleric Abu Qatada was released on bail from a British prison today, the BBC reports. He had been held for the majority of the past decade; yesterday, however, judges ruled that he couldn't be deported to Jordan for a terror trial because of the country's reported use of torture-based evidence. But the British government isn't giving up; it plans to appeal the judges' decision. "We are absolutely determined to see this man get on a plane and go back to Jordan. He does not belong here," said the deputy prime minister.

Islamic cleric Abu Qatada is driven out of Long Lartin high security prison in Worcestershire, England, after winning the latest round in his battle against deportation, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012.
Islamic cleric Abu Qatada is driven out of Long Lartin high security prison in Worcestershire, England, after winning the latest round in his battle against deportation, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012.   (AP Photo/ Rui Vieira/PA)
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