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Abu Qatada al-Filistini Facts

Conventional name of Omar Mahmoud Othman

  • Abu Qatada is a Palestinian Muslim of Jordanian citizenship.
  • He was born in Bethlehem in the West Bank in 1960, which at that time was occupied by Jordan.
  • He is under worldwide embargo by the United Nations Security Council Committee 1267 for his alleged affiliation with al-Qaeda.
  • In February 2001, Abu Qatada was arrested and questioned in connection with a German terror cell.
  • In October 2002 Abu Qatada was arrested at a council house in south London and taken to Belmarsh Prison.
  • He was first detained under anti-terrorism laws in 2002.
  • Algerian government has described Abu Qatada as being involved with Islamists in London and possibly elsewhere.
  • In February 2001, Abu Qatada was arrested and questioned in connection with a German terror cell.
  • Abu Qatada was released on bail on 13 February 2012. He was prohibited from using a mobile phone, computer or the internet, and subject to an electronically monitored 22-hour curfew that only allowed him to leave home twice a day for a maximum of one hour.
  • On 12 November 2012, the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) upheld Abu Qatada's appeal against deportation and released him on restrictive bail conditions.
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