Jordan radical cleric Abu Qatada to go on trial Dec 10

Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada, deported by Britain in July after a near decade-long legal battle, is to go on trial in Jordan on December 10, judicial sources said Tuesday.

"The state security court has set next Tuesday, December 10, as the date for the first hearing in the trial of Abu Qatada," one source said.

Defence lawyer Taysir Diab said he would meet his client on Saturday ahead of the trial opening.

After his deportation in July, Jordanian military prosecutors charged Abu Qatada with conspiracy to carry out terrorist acts. If convicted he could face a minimum of 15 years' hard labour, a judicial source told AFP last month.