Yet another good reason for GITMO remaining open.
Radical cleric Abu Qatada acquitted by Jordan of terrorism conspiracy charge
- Abu Qatada was extradited to Jordan on two terrorism conspiracy charges
- These relate to alleged plots against Westerners in Jordan in 1999 and 2000
- Has now been acquitted of 1999 plot, although Millennium charges remain
- UK finally extradited him last July following lengthy and costly legal process
- Qatada originally sentenced in his absence, but Jordan’s law required retrial
Jordan’s state security court has acquitted on radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada of charges of conspiring to commit acts of terrorism, a reporter at the hearing has said.
The cleric, 53, who was extradited from Britain after a lengthy legal process, will continue to be held due to separate charges related to a plot to attack tourists during Jordan’s Millennium celebrations.
Abu Qatada, real name Omar Mahmoud Mohammed Othman, has been on trial since last summer for allegedly plotting two attacks against Israelis, Americans and other Westerners in the country.
Acquitted: Abu Qatada, real name Omar Mahmoud Mohammed Othman, has been on trial since last summer for allegedly plotting two attacks against Westerners in Jordan
As he was living in Britain at the time, Jordan originally convicted Bethlehem-born Abu Qatada in his absence for the two plots and sentenced to life in prison.
Following a near decade-long legal process, which cost British taxpayers millions of pounds,the father-of-five was finally extradited last July.