Abu Qatada

Islamic Cleric + Alleged Al-qaeda Member
Born 1960

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 Abu Qatada, who was born Omar Mahmoud Othman, has Jordanian nationality because he was born in Bethlehem in the West Bank in 1960, which at that time was occupied by Jordan.


1989 29 Years Old In 1989, he went to Peshawar in Pakistan where he served as a professor of sharia sciences. … Read More


1991 - 1993 2 More Events
1994 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Citing religious persecution and stating he had been tortured in Jordan, Qatada requested asylum, which was granted in June 1994.
1995 35 Years Old In 1995 Abu Qatada reportedly issued a fatwa stating that it is justified to both kill Muslims who renounce their faith and kill their families.
1997 37 Years Old In 1997, Qatada called on Muslims to kill the wives and children of Egyptian police and army officers.
1999 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In October 1999 he gave a sermon to his congregation at London's Finsbury Park mosque in which he told his congregation that American citizens "should be attacked, wherever they were" and that "there was no difference between English, Jewish and American people." … Read More


On that date British authorities detained him under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.
Qatada was repeatedly imprisoned and released in the United Kingdom after he was first detained under anti-terrorism laws in 2002, but was not prosecuted for any crime. … Read More
2005 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2005, Part 4 of ATCSA was replaced by the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005, which replaced detentions with control orders, and Abu Qatada was released under such a control order.
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.
2007 47 Years Old A British court ruled on 26 February 2007, that he could be deported to Jordan.
In 2008 the UK Court of Appeal concluded "that his 1999 conviction for terrorism was based on evidence extracted through torture". … Read More
2009 49 Years Old On 18 February 2009, the House of Lords ruled that Abu Qatada could be deported to Jordan, with Lord Hoffmann declaring that "There is in my opinion no authority for a rule that... the risk of the use of evidence obtained by torture necessarily amounts to a flagrant denial of justice". … Read More


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
In March 2013, Abu Qatada was rearrested after allegedly breaching his bail conditions. … Read More
On 26 June 2014, Abu Qatada was found not guilty by a Jordan court of terrorism charges relating to an alleged 1998 plot.
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