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UK deports radical preacher to Jordan, ending legal saga

Treaty on rights concerns clears extradition path

AMMAN, Jordan — A radical Muslim preacher described as a key Al Qaeda operative in Europe rejected terrorism charges on Sunday that linked him to alleged plots targeting Americans and Israelis in Jordan, his lawyer said, hours after Britain deported him to bring an end to a decadelong legal saga over his extradition.

Jordan first submitted an extradition request to United Kingdom authorities for the militant cleric known as Abu Qatada in 2001, but it was blocked in British and European courts over human rights concerns. Last month, Britain and Jordan ratified a treaty on torture to ease those worries, paving the way for the 53-year-old preacher’s deportation.

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