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Terror suspect Abu Qatada released from British jail

Published on Nov 14, 2012 6:29 AM
 
Terror suspect Abu Qatada arrives at his home in north-west London on Nov 13, 2012, after he was released from prison. British authorities reluctantly released terror suspect Abu Qatada on bail on Tuesday after judges ruled that the radical cleric dubbed Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe should not be extradited to Jordan. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - British authorities reluctantly released terror suspect Abu Qatada on bail on Tuesday after judges ruled that the radical cleric dubbed Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe should not be extradited to Jordan.

Heavily bearded and wearing a black cap, the Islamist preacher smiled slightly as he was driven out of the high-security Long Lartin prison in central England in the back of a black minibus.

Several hours later, a small group of protesters gathered outside Abu Qatada's house in north-west London and chanted slogans calling for his deportation, as the father-of-five arrived at his modest terraced home.

The court ruling on Monday was a severe blow for the British government, which has kept the preacher in custody for most of the last 10 years and repeatedly tried to send him to Jordan.

 
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