Britain to Free Jailed Muslim Cleric

    FILE - In this Tuesday, April 17, 2012 file photo, Abu Qatada is driven away after being refused bail at a hearing at London's Special Immigration Appeals Commission, which handles deportation and security cases, in London. A radical Islamist cleric accused in British and Spanish courts of being a senior al-Qaida figure is asking a London court to halt his extradition to Jordan, something British authorities have sought for a decade. Abu Qatada is taking his case Wednesday Oct. 10, 2012 to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, which handles deportation and national security cases. He has fought attempts to extradite him since 2001, arguing that he could be tortured in Jordan, or could be tried using evidence obtained by torture.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

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    A British court on Monday granted bail to jailed radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada after determining that he may not face a fair trial in Jordan, where he is wanted on terrorism charges. Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said on Tuesday that the government is “absolutely determined” to deport Qatada. “He should not be in this country; he is a dangerous person,” Clegg told ITV’s Daybreak. Qatada, whose real name is Omar Othman, has been in British prison for seven years but has never been charged with a crime there.

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