Abu Qatada

Islamic Cleric + Alleged Al-qaeda Member
Born 1959
Age 56
Hometown Bethlehem
Nationality Jordanian citizen
Other Names Omar Mahmoud Othman

Abu Qatada al-Filistini, sometimes called Abu Omar, is a Palestinian Islamist militant of Jordanian citizenship. Under the name Omar Mahmoud Othman (عمر محمود عثمان 'Umar Mamūd 'Uthmān), he is under worldwide embargo by the United Nations Security Council Committee 1267 for his affiliation with al-Qaeda. Although imprisoned in the UK since 2005, he has not been prosecuted for any criminal or conspiracy offences.… Read More

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  • Jordan Radical Cleric Abu Qatada To Go On Trial Dec 10
    Yahoo News - Dec 03, 2013
  • Tory Immigration Bill To Curb Right Of Appeal Against Deportation
    Guardian (UK) - Sep 30, 2013
  • Abu Qatada's Family Follow Him Out Of Britain Telegraph.Co.Uk
    Google News - Aug 16, 2013
  • Imam Khalid Latif: Ramadan Reflection Day 24: Need, Greed And Our Responsibility To The World
    Huffington Post - Aug 01, 2013


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Abu Qatada.


1960 Birth Born in 1960.


1989 29 Years Old In 1989 he went to Peshawar, where the BBC has written that "some say he met Osama Bin Laden." … Read More


1991 31 Years Old In 1991, after the Gulf War, Abu Qatada was expelled from Kuwait along with many other Palestinians.
1993 33 Years Old He returned to Jordan, but in September 1993 he fled with his wife and five children to the UK, using a forged UAE passport.
1994 34 Years Old He requested asylum on grounds of religious persecution and this was granted in June 1994.
1999 39 Years Old In 1999, Abu Qatada was sentenced in absentia by Jordan to life imprisonment with hard labour for conspiracy to carry out terror attacks, and subsequently in 2000 to a further 15 years for his involvement in a plot to bomb tourists attending Millennium celebrations in Jordan.


In February 2001, Abu Qatada was arrested and questioned in connection with a German terror cell. … Read More
2002 42 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Repeatedly imprisoned in Britain since he was first detained under anti-terrorism laws in 2002, he has not been prosecuted there for any criminal or conspiracy offences. … Read More
2004 44 Years Old Mr. Justice Collins, then chairman of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission that rejected his appeal against detention without charge or trial in 2004, said that Abu Qatada was "heavily involved, indeed was at the centre in the United Kingdom of terrorist activities associated with al-Qaeda. … Read More
Abu Qatada was subsequently released in 2005, never having been charged of any crime. … Read More
2006 46 Years Old His bail security was provided by former terrorist hostage Norman Kember, whose release Abu Qatada had requested before Kember's rescue by the SAS in 2006.
On 9 April 2008, the Court of Appeal ruled that Abu Qatada could not be returned to Jordan as he would face a further trial where there was a strong probability that evidence obtained by torture might be used that would amount to a breach of the United Kingdom's obligations under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.


On 17 January 2012, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Abu Qatada could not be deported to Jordan as that would be a violation of his right to a fair trial under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights. … Read More
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