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Qatada released on bail

Qatada released on bail
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The radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada has been released on bail from a British prison. He will be confined to his home for 16 hours a day, forbidden to use the internet, and have to wear an electronic tag while the government prepares its appeal against his release.

For the last 10 years Britain has been trying to deport him to Jordan, where he is wanted on terrorism charges. The government says it will not give up.

“I hardly need to tell the house the government strongly disagrees with this ruling. Qatada is a dangerous man, a suspected terrorist who is accused of serious crimes in his home country of Jordan,” said British Interior Minister Theresa May.

Qatada’s lawyer has successfully argued, with support from the European Court of Human Rights, that Qatada risks torture, or facing evidence obtained with torture in Jordan, and so can not be deported.