Abu Qatada
Islamic cleric, alleged al-Qaeda member
Abu Qatada
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.
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Jordan radical cleric Abu Qatada to go on trial Dec 10
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada, deported by Britain in July after a near decade-long legal battle, is to go on trial in Jordan on December 10, judicial sources said Tuesday. "The state security court has set next Tuesday, December 10, as the date for the first hearing in the trial of Abu Qatada," one source said. Defence lawyer Taysir Diab said he would meet his client on Saturday ahead of the trial opening. After his deportation in July, Jordanian military prosecutors charged Abu Qatada with conspiracy to carry out terrorist acts.
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Tory immigration bill to curb right of appeal against deportation
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
Theresa May is to announce move as part of sweeping bill to create 'hostile environment' for illegal migrants in UK Sweeping new curbs on the appeal rights of illegal migrants, foreign prisoners and others facing deportation are to be announced by the home secretary. Theresa May is to tell the Conservative party conference that the appeals of thousands facing deportation can only be heard after they have been put on a plane home unless they face "a risk of irreversible harm". The move is to be part of a sweeping new immigration bill, expected to be published next week, designed to create "a hostile environment" to illegal migrants in Britain. It will detail new measures to ensure private landlords check on the immigration status of tenants and curb access to healthcare for illegal migrants. The home secretary is also expected to cut the number of grounds on which migrants can lodge an appeal against deportation from the current 17 to just four. A right of appeal is expected to exi ...
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Abu Qatada's family follow him out of Britain - Telegraph.co.uk
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AFP Abu Qatada's family follow him out of Britain Telegraph.co.uk Abu Qatada's wife and five children left their taxpayer funded home in north-west London and were driven to Heathrow Airport by officials from the Home Office just after lunchtime. They then boarded the 5.05pm American Airlines flight to Amman, where ... Abu Qatada deported: Radical cleric's family follow him out of BritainMirror.co.uk Abu Qatada's family leave UK for JordanThe Independent Family of Abu Qatada leave UK for JordanScotsman AFP -Herald Scotland all 20 news articles »
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Imam Khalid Latif: Ramadan Reflection Day 24: Need, Greed and Our Responsibility To the World
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Imam Khalid Latif is blogging his reflections during the month of Ramadan for the third year in a row, featured daily on HuffPost Religion. For a complete record of his previous posts, click over to the Islamic Center at New York University or visit his author page, and to follow along with the rest of his reflections, sign up for an author email alert above, visit his Facebook page or follow him on Twitter. One of the most amazing places I've ever visited has to be the Maldives. For those who are unfamiliar, it is a country made up of many islands scattered throughout the Indian Ocean. Its landscape is beyond beautiful and one that I will always carry an image of. In 2010 I was invited to visit twice, first in the summer and then a few months later in the winter. At that time, the country was still in an early stage of transitioning to a democracy. My work had me engaging different governmental offices, ministers, rehab centers (there's a lot of heroin), and groups ...
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Theresa May reveals she has type 1 diabetes
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
Home secretary talks of shock at finding out she has chronic illness, but vows to stay on in cabinet Theresa May, the home secretary, has insisted she will continue to pursue a frontline political career despite being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. May, 56, revealed that doctors told her two months ago she was suffering with the chronic illness and must now inject herself with insulin at least twice a day for the rest of her life. The Conservative politician, widely tipped as a future party leader, said that while the illness had caused health setbacks, these would not interfere with her role as a prominent member of David Cameron's government. "The diabetes doesn't affect how I do the job or what I do. It's just part of life … so it's a case of head down and getting on with it," May told the Mail on Sunday. The home secretary's revelation follows speculation that she had undertaken a drastic weight-loss programme over the past 18 months as part of a style makeover in preparation ...
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Peter G Tatchell: Abu Qatada: Even Terror Suspects Have Human Rights
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The whole point about the principle of universal human rights is that they apply to everyone - even to people that many of us find objectionable, such as the alleged terrorist orchestrator Abu Qatada. Home secretary Theresa May is wrong to promise to reduce the appeals procedure in asylum cases involving foreign nationals and to scrap our precious, hard-won human rights laws in the light of the Qatada fiasco. It would be huge mistake to scale-back the asylum appeals system because of the case of Qatada. The appeals procedure exists to ensure fairness and to safeguard against miscarriages of justice. We should never diminish our civil liberties and our due legal process in response to a minority of exceptional cases, no matter how reprehensible people like Abu Qatada may be. What is proposed by the government is an ill-thought, knee-jerk reaction that is both autocratic and petulant. Successive home secretaries are guilty of giving Abu Qatada the whip hand. They cou ...
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Jordan court postpones Abu Qatada bail decision
Fox News - over 3 years
A military court on Wednesday postponed until next week a bail application by Islamist cleric Abu Qatada, who faces terror charges in Jordan following his deportation from Britain, his lawyer said. "The state security court today postponed until next week its decision to look into my request to release Abu Qatada on bail," Taysir Diab told AFP. "It said it needs to examine the case further. It did not set an exact date for the decision." Abu Qatada, 53, was charged on Sunday with "conspiracy to carry out terrorist acts," just hours after his deportation from Britain. He pleaded not guilty. He has been remanded for 15 days in the Muwaqqar prison, a maximum security facility built in 2007 that houses 1,100 inmates, most of them Islamists convicted of terrorism offences. Abu Qatada was condemned to death in absentia in 1999 for conspiracy to carry out terror attacks, including on the American school in Amman, but the sentence was immediately commuted to life imprisonment with hard la ...
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Militant cleric Abu Qatada asks for bail in Jordan
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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A radical Muslim preacher deported from Britain to Jordan to face a retrial on terrorism charges has asked to be released on bail pending trial.
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Abu Qatada denies terror charges
CNN - over 3 years
Hours after he was deported from the United Kingdom to Jordan on Sunday, radical cleric Abu Qatada denied the terror charges against him in Jordan, legal sources close to the case told CNN Arabic.
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Qatada denies terror charges
CNN - over 3 years
Hours after he was deported from the United Kingdom to Jordan on Sunday, radical cleric Abu Qatada denied the terror charges against him in Jordan, legal sources close to the case told CNN Arabic.
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Britain deports cleric Abu Qatada after legal marathon
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By William James and Suleiman Al-Khalidi LONDON/AMMAN (Reuters) - A radical Muslim cleric once called "Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe" was deported from Britain to Jordan on Sunday, ending years of British government efforts to send him back home to face terrorism charges. A police convoy collected Abu Qatada from London's Belmarsh prison after midnight and drove him through the streets of the capital to a military airport. Soon after arriving in Jordan, he was taken under heavy guard to a nearby military court. ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Abu Qatada
  • 2016
    Age 56
    In January 2016, Abu Qatada released a video on his Youtube account in which he stated (as translated by MEMRI), that Blood Libel accusation against Jews is true, stating that "This Jewish blood matzos... there is a text in the Talmud...
    More Details Hide Details It says that the matzos eaten by the Jews on their holiday must be consecrated with the blood of a man from among the Gentiles. Usually they take a Christian because they cannot overpower a Muslim. In the same video, Abu Qatada alleged that "The Jews control the world and that is a fact. The Jews run the global economy, that is a fact. Do you want me to give you the numbers? Can any rational person who has read the history of the Bolshevik Revolution deny that it was won due to the support of the Jews, and the Jewish money of the Rothschild family? Can anyone deny that Lenin was Jewish? Can any rational person dare say that there is even one Communist party in the world that was not founded by the Jews?"
  • 2015
    Age 55
    By July 2015 Abu Qatada had re-surfaced in an interview for the al Nusra magazine Al Risalah explaining that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was to be opposed because he "committed great atrocities against the Muslims, and this is why we are forced to speak out against them", while specifically qualifying that opposition to ISIL did not include distaste for their acts against Americans or westerners: "We don’t oppose ISIS because they oppose the enemies of Allah... only because ISIS makes takfir on the Muslims and kills them do I and others have the right to speak against them, even if it is an Islamic state."
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  • 2014
    Age 54
    He was released from prison on 24 September 2014.
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    In June 2014, a court in Jordan cleared Abu Qatada of involvement in a 1998 bombing campaign, and in September 2014 he was cleared of planning to attack millennium celebrations.
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    He remained in prison pending a verdict that was due September 2014 on a second alleged plot.
    More Details Hide Details On 24 September 2014, a panel of civilian judges sitting at Amman's State Security Court cleared him of being involved in a thwarted plot aimed at Western and Israeli targets in Jordan during the millennium celebrations in 2000.
    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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  • 2013
    Age 53
    Qatada resided in the United Kingdom until 7 July 2013, when he was deported back to Jordan to face retrials for alleged involvement in varied Jordanian mayhem.
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    On 7 July 2013, following the ratification of such a treaty, Abu Qatada was deported from the United Kingdom on a plane bound for Jordan from RAF Northolt.
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    In May 2013, Abu Qatada pledged he would leave the UK if the UK and Jordanian governments agreed and ratified a treaty clarifying that evidence gained through torture would not be used against him in his forthcoming trial.
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    In March 2013, Abu Qatada was rearrested after allegedly breaching his bail conditions.
    More Details Hide Details On 27 March, the Court of Appeal rejected the Home Secretary's appeal from the November 2012 SIAC ruling and, in April 2013, denied her leave to appeal, on the basis that "states cannot expel someone where there is a real risk that they will face a trial based on evidence obtained by torture".
  • 2012
    Age 52
    The Daily Telegraph claimed the cost to be as high as £3 million by May 2012, a figure that was not confirmed by the British Home Office.
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    On 12 November 2012, SIAC upheld the appeal, ruling that Abu Qatada was still at risk of having evidence obtained under torture used against him and that the Home Secretary was wrong not to revoke the deportation order against him.
    More Details Hide Details Abu Qatada was granted bail on restrictive conditions. The Home Secretary Theresa May said the government would appeal the decision. Abu Qatada's solicitor Gareth Peirce, commenting on the ruling, said: "It is important to reaffirm this country's position that we abhor the use of torture and a case that was predicated upon evidence from witnesses who have been tortured is rejected—rejected by the courts of this country as by the European Court". Nevertheless the ruling attracted criticism that SIAC had effectively overturned the 2009 ruling of the House of Lords, at the time the highest court of the land. The Prime Minister David Cameron expressed his frustration that Abu Qatada was still in the UK.
    On 18 May 2012, the Home Secretary notified Abu Qatada of her refusal to revoke the order.
    More Details Hide Details The European Court of Human Rights had already denied Abu Qatada leave to appeal earlier in the month without specifying a reason, normally taken to indicate that the court considers no new issues have arisen. Abu Qatada was granted leave to appeal in the UK and the case was heard by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC).
    On 20 April 2012, Abu Qatada requested the Home Secretary to revoke the deportation order of 18 February 2009.
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    On 17 April 2012, Abu Qatada was rearrested at his home in London.
    More Details Hide Details In a statement the same day the Home Secretary, Theresa May, said that reassurances and information received from Jordan meant that Abu Qatada could now be deported. His lawyers said they had lodged an appeal at the European Court of Human Rights, amidst confusion whether the three month deadline for reappealing following 17 January ruling had passed or not.
    Abu Qatada was released on bail on 13 February 2012.
    More Details Hide Details He was prohibited from using a mobile phone, computer or the internet, and subject to an electronically monitored 22-hour curfew that only allowed him to leave home twice a day for a maximum of one hour.
    Qatada was reported in February 2012 as being wanted on terrorism charges in the United States, Belgium, Spain, France, Germany, Italy and Algeria.
    More Details Hide Details Jordan has attempted to try Qatada in absentia; the conviction did not hold when he appealed in person, after his removal from the UK, where he had spent over a decade in front of various courts in an ultimately vain attempt to avoid deportation. Summaries of these two procedures are given below, in the next two sections.
    In 2012 the al-Qaeda-linked Somali group Al-Shabaab threatened an attack against the UK if Qatada was deported.
    More Details Hide Details On 7 February 2012, The Daily Telegraph reported that a senior manager at the BBC had instructed its journalists not to call Abu Qatada an extremist. The BBC subsequently used the form of words "accused of being one of the UK's most dangerous extremist preachers". Others have described him as "a prominent political refugee" from the Jordanian dictatorship.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This was the first time the court ruled that such an expulsion would be a violation of Article 6. The Special Immigration Appeals Commission subsequently ruled that Abu Qatada should be bailed on highly prescriptive terms for three months while the British government sought further reassurances from Jordan. Under the UN Convention Against Torture, to which the UK is a signatory, states are obliged to refrain from complicity in torture, and thus are forbidden from deporting people to places where a real risk of torture exists. Torture was rife at the time in Jordan and Human Rights Watch has documented allegations of severe abuse, although the prospect of torture did not stop the UK from deporting people to Libya under Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
  • 2009
    Age 49
    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".
    More Details Hide Details On the same day Home Secretary Jacqui Smith served a deportation order against Abu Qatada. No step was taken to enforce the order pending Abu Qatada's appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). In the same month the ECHR awarded Abu Qatada £2,500 in a lawsuit he filed against the UK, after judges ruled that his detention without trial in the UK breached his human rights.
  • 2008
    Age 48
    In November 2008, Qatada was rearrested at his home.
    More Details Hide Details The Special Immigration Appeals Commission revoked his bail, stating he had not broken bail conditions, but might do at some time in the future. The commission accepted the government's claim that Abu Qatada posed a significant risk of absconding, and returned him to prison pending his possible deportation.
    He was released on bail by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission on 8 May 2008, subject to a 22-hour home curfew and other restrictions.
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    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; therefore, extradition would amount to a breach of the United Kingdom's obligations under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
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    In 2008 the UK Court of Appeal concluded "that his 1999 conviction for terrorism was based on evidence extracted through torture".
    More Details Hide Details At Abu Qatada's 2012 SIAC hearing, Mr Justice Mitting observed that the evidence presented by Jordan against Abu Qatada "seems extremely thin". Overall, between 2007 and his deportation in 2013, as many as 12 senior British judges in various courts recognised the torture origins of the evidence against him. Upon returning to Jordan in July 2013, he exercised his right under Jordanian law to a retrial since he was originally convicted in absentia. A Jordanian military court refused to grant him bail during the retrial as he faced terrorism charges. On 26 June 2014, the Jordan court found Abu Qatada not guilty of the charges relating to the 1998 bombings. On 24 September 2014, a panel of civilian judges sitting at Amman's State Security Court cleared him of being involved in the thwarted plot aimed at the millennium celebrations in 2000.
  • 2007
    Age 47
    A British court ruled on 26 February 2007, that he could be deported to Jordan.
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  • 2006
    Age 46
    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.
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  • 2005
    Age 45
    Five months later, on 12 August 2005, Abu Qatada was detained again pending deportation to Jordan.
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    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.
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  • 2002
    Age 42
    In October 2002, the then Home Secretary, David Blunkett, detained Abu Qatada indefinitely without trial under Part 4 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 (ATCSA), which at that time provided for such detention.
    More Details Hide Details The Special Immigrations Appeals Commission subsequently rejected an appeal by Abu Qatada to be released from detention without trial. Abu Qatada feared he would be tortured were he returned to Jordan. During this period Abu Qatada lived in a legal twilight as Asim Qureshi, of UK-based human rights group CagePrisoners, explained: "He has not been able to see the evidence against him neither has his lawyer. The only person representing him is a special advocate who is not allowed to speak to him or his solicitor. There you have the bizarre situation where someone is representing him who has never met him or his lawyer."
    In October 2002 Abu Qatada was arrested in south London and taken to Belmarsh Prison.
    More Details Hide Details Here he began a long legal battle against deportation.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Algerian government described Abu Qatada as being involved with Islamists in London and possibly elsewhere. After initially barring the United Kingdom from deporting Abu Qatada to Jordan, in May 2012 the European Court of Human Rights denied him leave to appeal against deportation without specifying a reason. On 12 November 2012, the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) upheld Abu Qatada's appeal against deportation and released him on restrictive bail conditions. The Home Secretary Theresa May said the government would appeal against the decision. He was deported to Jordan on 7 July 2013, after the UK and Jordanian governments agreed and ratified a treaty satisfying the need for clarification that evidence gained through torture would not be used against him in his forthcoming trial.
  • 2001
    Age 41
    When questioned in the UK in February 2001, Abu Qatada was in possession of £170,000 cash and £805 in an envelope labelled "for the Mujahedin in Chechnya".
    More Details Hide Details Mr Justice Collins, then chairman of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) 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. He is a truly dangerous individual". Abu Qatada was subsequently released in 2005, never having been charged with any crime. Abu Qatada's name is included in the UN al-Qaeda sanction list pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution 1267. In 2005 Qatada recorded a video message to the kidnappers of peace activist Norman Kember, appealing for Kember to be released. BBC journalist Alan Johnston was kidnapped in Gaza on 13 March 2007. Johnston's captors, the Doghmush clan who headed the Army of Islam, demanded the release of dozens of captives, including Abu Qatada. Abu Qatada offered to help negotiate Johnston's release.
    According to The Independent, videos of Abu Qatada's sermons were found in the Hamburg apartment of Mohamed Atta when it was searched after the 11 September 2001 attacks, which Atta led.
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    According to the indictment of the Madrid al-Qaeda cell prepared by Spanish prosecutors in 2001, Abu Qatada was "considered the spiritual leader" of al-Qaeda in Europe and other groups including the Armed Islamic Group (GIA), the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), and the Tunisian Combat Group.
    More Details Hide Details Abu Qatada has been called by The Times a preacher or advisor to al-Qaeda terrorists Zacarias Moussaoui and Richard Reid.
    In 2001, after bin Laden was criticised by a Salafist faction for issuing fatwas, he turned to Abu Qatada for support, and the support was forthcoming.
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    Although Abu Qatada distanced himself from Al-Qaeda following his arrest in London in 2001, Fawaz Gerges remarks that Qatada had extensive contacts with al-Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan at the time.
    More Details Hide Details Jason Burke notes, "Qutada has impeccable traditional and modern Salafist credentials and had acted as the in-house alim to radical groups, particularly in Algeria, from his base in northwest London since 1994".
    In a sermon on 14 September 2001, he describe the 9/11 attacks as part of a wider battle between Christendom and Islam. In autumn 2002, a poem praising Osama bin Laden and glorifying the attacks appeared online.
    More Details Hide Details It was attributed to Qatada. In another sermon he stated that it was not a sin for a Muslim to kill a non-believer for the sake of Islam. The contents of an article written by him for Al-Risalah, the propaganda magazine of al-Qaeda in Syria, were reported by several news outlets. In it he said that Islam will dominate every land and the "state of Jews" will collapse by the "grace of Allah". He also attacked the Shias in the article calling by them the derogatory term "Rawafidh" and said "Allah exposes our enemies from amongst the filthy Rawafidh, heretics, and their beloved friends from the amongst the polytheists”.
    In February 2001, Abu Qatada was arrested and questioned in connection with a German terror cell.
    More Details Hide Details There was insufficient evidence against him, and all charges were dropped. Tapes of his sermons were later discovered in a Hamburg flat used by the 9/11 hijackers. The Home Office stated that Abu Qatada was the spiritual guide to the 9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta. In the wake of 9/11, new anti-terror legislation was quickly introduced in the UK. Abu Qatada, who had hitherto lived with his family in Acton, west London, disappeared. His disappearance and his previous alleged contacts with MI5, prompted speculation by the Times that he was working with British intelligence and had agreed to provide them with information on suspects in the "war on terror". The Times reported that "Britain ignored warnings—which began before the 11 September attacks—from half a dozen friendly governments about Abu Qatada’s links with terrorist groups and refused to arrest him. Intelligence chiefs hid from European allies their intention to use the cleric as a key informer against Islamic militants in Britain."
    On that date British authorities detained him under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.
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  • 1999
    Age 39
    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 he was convicted in 2000 to a further 25 years for his involvement in a plot to bomb tourists attending millennium celebrations in Jordan.
    More Details Hide Details The 1999 conviction related to events described by the US State Department in 1998 as involving the "Reform and Defiance Movement—a small, mostly indigenous radical Islamic group" targeting the Modern American School and a major hotel between mid-March and early May, with bombings which caused minor property damage but no casualties.
    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."
    More Details Hide Details This was interpreted by the British prosecutor as "effectively issued a fatwa authorising the killing of Jews, including Jewish children".
  • 1997
    Age 37
    In 1997, Qatada called on Muslims to kill the wives and children of Egyptian police and army officers.
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  • 1995
    Age 35
    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.
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  • 1994
    Age 34
    Around 1994, Qatada started up and was editor-in-Chief of a weekly magazine, Usrat al-Ansar, a Groupe Islamique Armé (GIA) propaganda outlet.
    More Details Hide Details Abu Qatada provided the intellectual and ideological support for the journal, which became "a trusted source of news and information about the GIA for Islamists around the world." Qatada was granted leave to remain to 30 June 1998. On 8 May 1998 he applied for indefinite leave to remain. This application had not been determined before Qatada’s arrest on 23 October 2002.
    Citing religious persecution and stating he had been tortured in Jordan, Qatada requested asylum, which was granted in June 1994.
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  • 1993
    Age 33
    He returned to Jordan, but in September 1993 he fled with his wife and five children to the UK, using a forged UAE passport.
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  • 1991
    Age 31
    In 1991, after the Gulf War, Abu Qatada was expelled from Kuwait, along with many other Palestinians.
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  • 1989
    Age 29
    In 1989, he went to Peshawar in Pakistan where he served as a professor of sharia sciences.
    More Details Hide Details Abu Qatada said that while in Pakistan he had no relationship to Al-Qaeda, which was just beginning to form in Afghanistan at that time.
  • 1960
    Age 0
    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.
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