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Muslim cleric Abu Qatada acquitted of terror charges in Jordan
Muslim cleric Abu Qatada acquitted of terror charges in Jordan

A Jordanian state security court on Wednesday threw out terrorism charges against radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada, a onetime confidant of Osama bin Laden who had lately emerged as a critic of the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State. The 53-year-old preacher, long known for his fiery denunciations of the West, had for years been at the center of a high-profile and protracted international legal tussle. In July, he was deported from Britain to Jordan, where he had previously been convicted in absentia on terror charges, but a new trial was ordered following his return. Delirious shouts of "God is great" rang out in the courtroom as the judges' decision was read. Hours...

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