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Lebanon arrests convicted Islamist cleric

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The radical Muslim preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed has been arrested in Lebanon, days after being sentenced to life in prison by a military court there.

Convicted in absentia last week over terrorist offences, the cleric had boasted he would “not spend one day” of the jail term behind bars. But police detained him in the northern city of Tripoli.

A Lebanese citizen of Syrian origin, Bakri lived in Britain for 20 years. He is now banned from the UK.

He sparked outrage after the July 2005 bombings in London by saying he would not inform police if he knew Muslims were planning to launch attacks.