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Jordanian court acquits radical cleric Abu Qatada of conspiracy

Published on Jun 26, 2014 4:59 PM
 
Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada looking on from behind bars at the State Security Court in Amman on June 26, 2014. The court acquitted him on Thursday regarding charges of conspiring to commit acts of terrorism. The cleric, who was extradited from Britain after a lengthy legal process, will continue to be held because of separate charges related to a plot to attack tourists during Jordan's New Year celebrations in 2000. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

AMMAN (REUTERS) - Jordan's state security court on Thursday acquitted radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada, who was extradited from Britain last year, of charges of conspiring to commit acts of terrorism.

But the cleric will continue to be held because of separate charges related to a plot to attack tourists during Jordan's New Year celebrations in 2000.

The Islamist preacher had previously been sentenced in absentia by a Jordanian court to life imprisonment for conspiracy to carry out Al-Qaeda-style attacks against US and other targets inside US ally Jordan.

Thursday's session was a retrial in which the prosecution had argued he was a mentor to jihadist cells in Jordan while he was in Britain, providing spiritual and material support to a campaign of violence during the late 1990s.

 
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