Radical Islamic cleric fights UK extradition
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Radical Islamic cleric fights UK extradition

Abu Qatada, suspected of being a senior figure in Al-Qaeda, is battling to halt his expulsion to Jordan

Radical Islamic cleric Abu Qatada, in 2001. (screencapture: youtube/ITN News)
Radical Islamic cleric Abu Qatada, in 2001. (screencapture: youtube/ITN News)

LONDON (AP) — A radical Islamist cleric accused in British and Spanish courts of being a senior al-Qaeda figure is asking a London court to halt his extradition to Jordan, something British authorities have sought for a decade.

Abu Qatada is taking his case Wednesday to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, which handles deportation and national security cases. He has fought attempts to extradite him since 2001, arguing that he could be tortured in Jordan, or could be tried using evidence obtained by torture.

Earlier this year the Palestinian-born Jordanian was denied permission to take his case to a European court, but it could still be some time before he is extradited from Britain.

Extradition cases in Britain can drag on for years.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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