Jordan court orders release  of Abu Qatada

Amman : A Jordanian court acquitted radical cleric Abu Qatada of terrorism charges and ordered the release of the Palestinian-born preacher, who was deported from Britain last year after a long legal battle.

 Abu Qatada was found not guilty of conspiring to attack tourists in Jordan during millennium celebrations and granted “immediate release”, a judicial source told AFP. The source said the court found there was insufficient evidence to convict Abu Qatada, who had pleaded not guilty.

 Abu Qatada broke into tears in court following the verdict, while members of his family applauded and shouted Allahu Akbar (God is Greater). His lawyer, Hussein Mubadeen, called the verdict “a success for Jordanian justice”. Britain’s interior ministry said there was no chance of Abu Qatada returning to the United Kingdom.

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