Abu Qatada arrested after breaching bail


A picture published March 29, 2000 in Jordan's al-Dustour daily newspaper shows Omar Abu Omar also known as Abu Qatada, the Jordanian cleric labelled Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe.



Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada was arrested for allegedly breaching bail conditions, days before a new attempt by the UK government to deport him.

According to BBC News, Qatada, 52, was arrested Friday by UK Border Agency officials a day after counter-terrorism police raided two homes in London. A search of a third property was still ongoing.

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Specialist officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command searched Qatada's home, which is funded by taxpayers, for 12 hours before he was arrested, reported The Telegraph.

A Home Office spokeswoman said: "The UK Border Agency today arrested a 52-year-old man from North London for alleged breaches of his bail conditions imposed by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission."

Qatada was once described as Osama bin Laden's right-hand man, reported The Press Association. The cleric had already been convicted of terrorism charges in Jordan and was due to appear in a court of appeal on Monday as part of the home secretary's attempt to overturn a judge's decision that allowed him to stay in the UK.