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Alleged Islamist extremist released on bail in UK

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A radical Islamist cleric with alleged al Qaeda links has been released on bail in Britain after being imprisoned without charge for six years.

Abu Qatada was escorted out of the high security jail in central England despite the UK government claiming he was a dangerous extremist and a threat to national security.

According to strict bail conditions Qatada is to be held under a 22-hour curfew and electronically tagged.

He is also banned from meeting other alleged extremists or having any contact with al Qaeda suspects.

Qatada’s release comes after a decision by the European Court of Human Rights which declared his detention without trial unlawful.

The court also blocked his deportation to Jordan where he faces terror charges on account of the risk he may be tried on evidence obtained through torture.