Radical Muslim Abu Qatada arrested in Britain
LONDON (AP) - A British judge ruled on Saturday that radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada must remain in custody following his arrest for allegedly breaching his bail conditions.
The cleric, who was described in the past as a key Al-Qaeda operative in Europe, was arrested in London on Friday following a series of raids by counter terrorism police. The arrest came days ahead of the government's latest court bid to extradite him to Jordan.
The Judicial Office said that judge Stephen Irwin refused on Saturday to grant the preacher bail. Abu Qatada was ordered to return to Belmarsh prison.
Britain has since 2001 repeated tried to remove the 52-year-old cleric, who was convicted in his absence in Jordan over terror plots in 1999 and 2000.