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Radical cleric, alleged terror fund-raiser Abu Qatada wins deportation battle

By Mallory Simon, CNN
November 13, 2012 -- Updated 0556 GMT (1356 HKT)
Muslim cleric Abu Qatada has been described as
Muslim cleric Abu Qatada has been described as "more radical than Osama bin Laden."
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: He could be released on bail as early as Tuesday
  • Radical cleric Abu Qatada has won a legal battle that means he will not be deported from the UK
  • The British government says Abu Qatada raised money for terrorist groups
  • Videos of his preaching were found in an apartment used by some of those involved in the 9/11 attacks

(CNN) -- Radical cleric Abu Qatada has won a legal battle that means he will not be deported from the United Kingdom to Jordan, the latest round in a long-running battle over British efforts to deport the man accused of funding terrorist groups and said to have inspired one of the 9/11 hijackers.

He is expected to be released Tuesday, but his bail conditions are still being set, Britain's Judicial Communications Office said.

The British government says Abu Qatada raised money for terrorist groups, including organizations linked to former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, and has publicly supported the violent activities of those groups.

Profile: Abu Qatada: the preacher at the eye of the storm

Videos of his preaching were found in a German apartment used by some of those involved in the 9/11 attacks on the United States, including ringleader Mohammed Atta.

Abu Qatada's deportation appeal
Jordan wants Qatada to return 'home'

Abu Qatada has denied the allegations against him.

Also known as Omar Othman, Abu Qatada arrived in the United Kingdom in 1993 and applied for asylum on the grounds that he had been tortured by Jordanian authorities. He came to Britain on a forged United Arab Emirates passport, according to court documents, and claimed asylum for himself, his wife and their three children.

Britain has been trying to deport Abu Qatada for years, but his legal appeals have kept him in the United Kingdom.

In January, the European Court of Human Rights blocked Britain from sending him to Jordan because of fears that evidence obtained by torture could be used against him at the trial planned by the Middle Eastern country.

Britain then launched a round of negotiations with Jordan in order to deal with the court's concerns and arrested Abu Qatada again on April 17.

"The government strongly disagrees with this ruling. We have obtained assurances not just in relation to the treatment of Qatada himself, but about the quality of the legal processes that would be followed throughout his trial," a Home Office spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said the government would appeal Monday's ruling.

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