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Abu Qatada acquitted on one charge

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Radical cleric Abu Qatada was acquitted by a Jordan (in picture) court on Thursday of plotting an attack on the American school in Amman but he faces another terrorism charge and will remain in prison.

“The court did not find evidence to support charges against Omar Mahmud Mohammed Otman [Abu Qatada],” judge Ahmad Qatarneh said in a ruling. “Based on that, the court unanimously declares [his] innocence,” added Mr. Qatarneh.

The cleric, who was deported from Britain last July after a 10-year legal battle, burst into tears when the judge made the ruling and members of his family rushed to hug and kiss him.

He was condemned to death in absentia in 1999 by an Amman court for conspiracy to carry out an attack on the American school. The sentence was immediately commuted to life imprisonment with hard labour. — AFP

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