Jordan endorses extradition treaty with Britain
AMMAN (AFP) - Jordan's King Abdullah II has endorsed a treaty with Britain expected to pave the way for the extradition of radical cleric Abu Qatada who has resisted deportation for the past decade, official Petra news agency reported on Tuesday.
Petra said the king issued a royal decree "endorsing the Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters between Jordan and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland".
The king's decision comes a week after parliament approved the treaty. But the vote needed King Abdullah's approval to become law.
Britain expects the treaty to be ratified by June 21.