Abu Qatada lands in Jordan from Britain

Filed on July 7, 2013

Cleric Abu Qatada arrived in Amman on Sunday after Britain deported him to face terror charges ending a decade-long legal battle, a Jordanian government official said.

“Abu Qatada landed at Marka airport in east Amman,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

“He was escorted by British and Jordanian guards, who handed him over to state security court prosecutors.”

The military tribunal lies just outside the airport.

Abu Qatada’s father, brothers and other family members stood outside the courthouse waiting for his arrival, an AFP photographer reported.

Abu Qatada, 53, was taken from prison in an armoured police van to a military airfield on the outskirts of London, from which he was flown out of Britain at 0146 GMT.

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