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  • Syria militants claim Christians agreed to pay tax Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Militant fighters should not impose an Islamic tax on Christians in Syria, a radical Jordanian preacher facing terrorism charges said Thursday, days after an al-Qaida breakaway group in Syria claimed Christian leaders under its control agreed to pay the tax in return for protection. More »

  • Jordan terror suspect criticises jihadist tax on Syria Christians
    Jordan terror suspect criticises jihadist tax on Syria Christians Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    Jordanian Islamist cleric Abu Qatada, on trial for terrorism, lashed out Thursday at jihadists in Syria for imposing a special tax on Christians under their control, saying their ideas were "distorted and extreme." More »

  • Radical preacher rejects religious tax in Syria Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A radical Jordanian preacher deported from Britain who is on trial on terrorism charges says al-Qaida fighters in Syria should not impose an Islamic tax on Christians under their control. More »

  • UK judges disagree with European court on whole-life jail terms
    UK judges disagree with European court on whole-life jail terms Tue, Feb 18, 2014

    By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - A British court ruled on Tuesday that domestic laws on whole-life prison sentences were compatible with European human rights laws, disagreeing with a European court in a judgment that fed into a fierce debate on Britain's ties with Europe. The ruling by five of the most senior Court of Appeal judges also opened the way for two British Muslim converts who hacked a soldier to death in broad daylight on a London street in May 2013 to be sentenced to whole-life terms. The judge in charge of that case had delayed sentencing Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, who were convicted on December 19 of Lee Rigby's murder, because he wanted to wait for the Court of Appeal to clarify the position on whole-life sentences. The European court's decision in July particularly angered the ruling Conservatives, who adopt a tough line on crime and see the court based in the eastern French city of Strasbourg as a threat to British sovereignty. More »

  • Eurosceptics fume as judges rule on life sentences
    Eurosceptics fume as judges rule on life sentences Tue, Feb 18, 2014

    A ruling by judges on whether whole-life sentences should be reviewed has triggered another row over the influence of the European court of human rights (ECHR). More »

  • Prison officer 'feared for life'
    Prison officer 'feared for life' Mon, Feb 17, 2014

    A prison officer "thought he was going to die" when he was held hostage by three prisoners who were demanding the release of Abu Qatada, a court has heard. More »

  • Jordan terror-suspect cleric Qatada 'supports' Lebanon bombings
    Jordan terror-suspect cleric Qatada 'supports' Lebanon bombings Thu, Feb 13, 2014

    Jordanian Islamist cleric Abu Qatada, on trial for terrorism, said Thursday he supports a string of Al-Qaeda-linked bombings against the powerful Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah because it backs the Syrian government. More »

  • Cleric on trial in Jordan backs Syria militants
    Cleric on trial in Jordan backs Syria militants Thu, Feb 13, 2014

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A radical Sunni preacher deported from Britain who is on trial on terrorism charges in his native Jordan says foreign fighters should remain in Syria to battle growing Shiite influence there. More »

  • Iraqi militant leader refused to fall into line
    Iraqi militant leader refused to fall into line Tue, Feb 4, 2014

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — He has commanded a relentless bombing campaign against Iraqi civilians, orchestrated audacious jailbreaks of fellow militants and expanded his hard-line Islamist organization's reach deep into neighboring Syria. More »

  • Abu Qatada, inmates protest at Jordan jail conditions
    Abu Qatada, inmates protest at Jordan jail conditions Mon, Feb 3, 2014

    Islamist cleric Abu Qatada, on trial in Jordan on terrorism charges, and dozens of other Islamist inmates have stopped accepting meals in protest at the conditions in jail. More »

  • Jordanian Islamist prisoners stage hunger strike Sat, Feb 1, 2014

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Islamist prisoners in Jordan, including several prominent figures linked to al Qaeda, began a hunger strike on Saturday to protest about jail conditions, sources and officials said. Among the 120 hunger strikers are radical cleric Abu Qatada, who was deported from Britain last July after a lengthy legal battle, and Sheikh Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, a leading al Qaeda thinker, the sources said. "They have totally rejected the meals and food provided by the state until their demands for better treatment are met," Sheikh Saad Huneity, a Jordanian Salafi jihadist leader who has previously spent years in detention, told Reuters. Jordan has stepped up arrests of Islamists along its border with Syria in recent months, detaining scores of people trying to cross over to join jihadist groups fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. More »

  • Abu Qatada threatens Jordan terror trial boycott
    Abu Qatada threatens Jordan terror trial boycott Thu, Jan 30, 2014

    Islamist cleric Abu Qatada threatened on Thursday to boycott his retrial in Jordan on terror charges, demanding that the court respect a deal that led to his deportation from Britain. More »

  • Radical preacher rebukes extremists in Syria Thu, Jan 30, 2014

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A radical preacher deported from Britain who faces terrorism charges in his native Jordan has criticized one of the main extremist groups in Syria, saying it was "ignoring instructions" from al-Qaida leader Ayman Al-Zawahri. More »

  • Radical cleric urges Islamists to end Syria infighting
    Radical cleric urges Islamists to end Syria infighting Thu, Jan 16, 2014

    Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada, who is on trial in Jordan for terrorism, called on Muslim extremist groups in Syria Thursday to end their infighting and unite ranks. More »

  • Syria’s Al Qaeda Gang Wars
    Syria’s Al Qaeda Gang Wars Thu, Jan 9, 2014

    The power-hungry leader of a jihadists rebel group in Syria has riled up his fellow extremists—and they're turning their guns on each other. More »

  • Jordan cleric Qatada rejects terrorism charge
    Jordan cleric Qatada rejects terrorism charge Wed, Dec 25, 2013

    Palestinian-born Jordanian Abu Qatada calls the judge dishonest before his trial is adjourned to January 16. More »

  • Abu Qatada rejects terror charges at Jordan trial
    Abu Qatada rejects terror charges at Jordan trial Tue, Dec 24, 2013

    Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada on Tuesday insisted he was not guilty of terrorism as his trial resumed in Jordan, accusing a presiding judge of being "dishonest." More »

  • John Kerry May Meet Syria's Islamist Group Led by bin Laden Courier
    John Kerry May Meet Syria's Islamist Group Led by bin Laden Courier Wed, Dec 18, 2013

    US secretary of state John Kerry's strategy to "broaden the base of moderate opposition" to end the Syrian war may lead him to meet a coalition of rebel groups headed by Osama Bin Laden's former courier Abu Khalid al-Suri. During a news conference ahead of peace talks in Geneva on 22 January, Kerry said that the US had not yet met the coalition, known as the Islamic Front, "but it's possible it could take place". However the Islamic Front includes Ahrar al-Sham, an extremist group whose leading figure is Abu Khalid al-Suri. Al-Suri, real name Mohamed Bahaiah, is a long-time al-Qaida operative well known to Spanish authorities for his role in delivering surveillance tapes of the World Trade Center. More »

  • Abu Qatada challenges Jordanian court authority in terrorism trial
    Abu Qatada challenges Jordanian court authority in terrorism trial Tue, Dec 10, 2013

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada told a Jordanian court on Tuesday he was not guilty of terrorism charges and he challenged its authority to try him under the terms of his deportation from Britain. Appearing in court in brown prison fatigues, Abu Qatada said the presence of a military judge in the panel of three violated the agreement under which he was flown back to Jordan in July after many years of legal battles in Britain. He is now being retried, with the prosecution arguing he was a mentor to jihadist cells in Jordan while he was in Britain, providing both spiritual and material support to a campaign of violence during the late 1990s inside Jordan, whose pro-Western policies made it an al Qaeda target. "I have been prevented from defending myself for a long period, and God knows that I am innocent," said Abu Qatada, saying that the charges against him were fabricated. More »

  • Hate Preacher Abu Qatada Tells Jordan Terror Trial: I've Been Betrayed
    Hate Preacher Abu Qatada Tells Jordan Terror Trial: I've Been Betrayed Tue, Dec 10, 2013

    Court proceedings in Jordan against deported radical Muslim preacher Abu Qatada have begun with the defendant claiming that he was tricked by the authorities. Jordan had assured Britain that the judges would be independent civilians in a letter to British foreign secretary William Hague during drawn-out negotiations to extradite Qatada. With the assurances received, Qatada was put on a plane out and flown to Jordan, marking  the end of his eight-year battle against extradition. To get a military judge is a big betrayal. More »

  • Radical cleric Abu Qatada denies guilt as Jordan trial opens
    Radical cleric Abu Qatada denies guilt as Jordan trial opens Tue, Dec 10, 2013

    Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada, deported by Britain in July after a near decade-long legal battle, pleaded not guilty as his trial in Jordan on terrorism charges opened on Tuesday. More »

  • Abu Qatada Pleads Not Guilty In Jordan Trial
    Abu Qatada Pleads Not Guilty In Jordan Trial Tue, Dec 10, 2013

    Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada has pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges at his trial in Jordan. "You know full well I am not guilty and that this accusation is false," Qatada, in prison overalls, told the judge of the state security court in the Jordanian capital, Amman. He was then charged in Jordan with conspiracy to carry out terrorist acts. Britain's expulsion of Abu Qatada came after Amman and London ratified a treaty guaranteeing that evidence obtained by torture would not be used in his retrial and that the proceedings would be transparent. More »

  • Jordan cleric Abu Qatada denies guilt
    Jordan cleric Abu Qatada denies guilt Tue, Dec 10, 2013

    Palestinian-born preacher, deported from the UK, pleads not guilty as his trial on terrorism charges opens in Amman. More »

  • Jordan radical cleric Abu Qatada to go on trial Dec 10
    Jordan radical cleric Abu Qatada to go on trial Dec 10 Tue, Dec 3, 2013

    Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada, deported by Britain in July after a near decade-long legal battle, is to go on trial in Jordan on December 10, judicial sources said Tuesday. More »

  • Immigration Laws: Tough Overhaul Introduced
    Immigration Laws: Tough Overhaul Introduced Thu, Oct 10, 2013

    Illegal immigrants and foreign prisoners face tough new curbs on their rights of appeal under a new Government crackdown. More »

  • British banks, landlords to tackle illegal immigrants
    British banks, landlords to tackle illegal immigrants Thu, Oct 10, 2013

    Bank managers and landlords in Britain would be forced to take part in checks for illegal immigrants under new laws proposed Thursday that have been branded as "nasty" by civil liberties campaigners. More »

  • Conservatives say want out of European rights accord
    Conservatives say want out of European rights accord Mon, Sep 30, 2013

    MANCHESTER (Reuters) - Home Secretary Theresa May said on Monday her ruling Conservative party would take Britain out of the European Convention on Human Rights if re-elected in 2015, saying she would include such a promise in the party's election manifesto. "It's ridiculous that the British government should have to go to such lengths to get rid of dangerous foreigners," she told an annual conference of her party. "That's why the next Conservative manifesto will promise to scrap the human rights act. ... More »

  • Cameron touts housing plan and rights accord exit
    Cameron touts housing plan and rights accord exit Sun, Sep 29, 2013

    By Guy Faulconbridge and Andrew Osborn MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron began setting out his stall for the 2015 election on Sunday by talking up a contested plan to boost home ownership and suggesting Britain may ditch Europe's main human rights treaty, an object of hatred for Eurosceptics. ... More »

  • Family of radical cleric Abu Qatada arrive in Jordan: brother
    Family of radical cleric Abu Qatada arrive in Jordan: brother Sun, Aug 18, 2013

    The family of radical cleric Abu Qatada, who faces terror charges in Jordan following his deportation from Britain, has arrived in the Arab kingdom, his brother said on Sunday. More »

  • Abu Qatada: Cleric's Family Leaves Britain
    Abu Qatada: Cleric's Family Leaves Britain Thu, Aug 15, 2013

    The family of Muslim cleric Abu Qatada have left the UK and are thought to have joined him in Jordan, where he faces terror charges. More »

  • Abu Qatada family leaves Britain: ministry
    Abu Qatada family leaves Britain: ministry Thu, Aug 15, 2013

    The family of Abu Qatada, the radical cleric who was recently deported to face terror charges in Jordan, on Thursday left Britain after dropping a bid to stay there, the Foreign Office said. More »

  • Theresa May 'Shocked' By Diabetes Diagnosis
    Theresa May 'Shocked' By Diabetes Diagnosis Sun, Jul 28, 2013

    Theresa May has spoken of her shock after being diagnosed with a chronic illness, but insists it will not affect her political career. More »

  • Theresa May reveals type 1 diabetes
    Theresa May reveals type 1 diabetes Sun, Jul 28, 2013

    Home Secretary Theresa May has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, a serious form of the condition that means she will need daily insulin injections for the rest of her life, she said in an interview. More »

  • Radical cleric Abu Qatada denied bail in Jordan: lawyer
    Radical cleric Abu Qatada denied bail in Jordan: lawyer Sun, Jul 21, 2013

    A military court on Sunday rejected a bail application by Islamist cleric Abu Qatada, who faces terror charges in Jordan following his deportation from Britain, his lawyer said. More »

  • Abu Qatada Refused Jordan Bail Request
    Abu Qatada Refused Jordan Bail Request Sun, Jul 21, 2013

    Jordan's military court has refused a bail request by radical preacher Abu Qatada three weeks after he was deported from Britain to face terrorism charges. More »