Islamist cleric to launch new bid for release in UK
LONDON—Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada is launching a new legal bid at Britain’s High Court for release from detention.
Abu Qatada, who has been described in Spanish and British courts as a leading al-Qaida figure in Europe, is being held in a high-security prison while he fights deportation to Jordan over terror charges. Both the British and Jordanian governments want Abu Qatada to stand trial in Jordan, but he claims he will be tortured if he is deported there.
In May, Britain’s Special Immigration Appeals Commission denied bail to Abu Qatada ahead of his deportation appeal in October, saying having him on the streets during the Olympics would be “exceptionally problematic.”
On Tuesday, his lawyers will ask High Court judges for permission to challenge his detention.
The lawyers are applying for permission to seek judicial review and a writ of habeas corpus freeing him while he fights deportation.
Britain’s Home Office has said it will “strongly resist” any attempt to overturn the decision to keep Abu Qatada locked up, calling the latest legal bid “the last desperate attempts of a man who has run out of options.”
Abu Qatada has fought attempts to expel him from the U.K. since 2001.
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