Law Lords rule to deport cleric

LONDON - A cleric described as a "significant international terrorist" can be deported to Jordan despite fears he may be tortured, Britain's highest court decided yesterday.

LONDON - A cleric described as a "significant international terrorist" can be deported to Jordan despite fears he may be tortured, Britain's highest court decided yesterday.

The Law Lords' ruling was a victory for the Home Office in its campaign to deport Jordanian Abu Qatada, who denies belonging to al Qaeda, and overturns a previous Court of Appeal decision.

Qatada was sentenced to life imprisonment in Jordan for terrorist attacks in 1998.

The Law Lords also ruled in favour of the government over its attempt to deport two other men to Algeria. - Reuters

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