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Abu Qatada leaves Britain on flight bound for Jordan

A jet carrying hardline Islamist cleric Abu Qatada took off from an airfield in Britain bound for Jordan on Sunday, an AFP photographer said, ending a nearly decade-long battle by successive governments to deport him. Television pictures showed the Palestinian-born cleric dressed in a white robe and boarding the the privately chartered aircraft at the RAF Northolt airbase in west London before it lifted into the sky at 2:46 am (0146 GMT). dk/pvh

Britain begins long-awaited deportation of Abu Qatada

Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada left a British prison on Saturday ahead of his deportation to Jordan to face terror charges, as a nearly decade-long legal battle by successive governments to expel him neared its end. Britain is deporting the 53-year-old Palestinian-born preacher after London and Amman last month formally approved a treaty guaranteeing that evidence obtained by torture would not be used against him in any trial.

Police convoy leaves Abu Qatada prison in Britain

A police convoy including an armoured van swept out of the high security British jail housing radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada on Saturday, ahead of his expected deportation to Jordan to face terror charges. The cavalcade consisting of a blue police armoured van, two saloon cars and a Range Rover left Belmarsh prison in southeast London at high speed at 11:57pm (2257 GMT), an AFP photographer said. It could not be immediately confirmed that Abu Qatada was in the convoy but there had been no other major vehicular movements at the prison on Saturday evening.

Britain to deport radical cleric Abu Qatada on Sunday: papers

LONDON (Reuters) - Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada will be deported by Britain to Jordan on Sunday, ending eight years of government efforts to send him home for trial, British papers reported on Saturday. Abu Qatada, wanted in Jordan on charges of alleged terrorism, will be put on a special flight at around 0100 GMT (9:00 P.M. EDT), the Times newspaper said. Observers from a Jordanian human rights organization would accompany him, the Telegraph said. A spokeswoman for the Home Office declined to comment on the reports.

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What's happening in Europe on Saturday: + Radical cleric Abu Qatada to be flown out of Britain + Greece seeks deal on new bailout tranche + Lisicki, Bartoli set for Wimbledon women's final LONDON: Britain prepares for the expected departure of radical cleric Abu Qatada. The terror suspect is due to be flown to Jordan on Saturday night. File picture. (BRITAIN-JORDAN-JUSTICE-QATADA-DEPORTATION)

UK-based Islamist Abu Qatada to be deported Sunday

Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada is to be flown from Britain to Jordan on Sunday, after the two governments approved a treaty paving the way for his deportation ending years of litigation, a Jordanian official said on Wednesday. "Abu Qatada is expected to leave Britain in the early hours of Sunday and should arrive in the morning in Jordan on the same day," a government official told AFP on condition on anonymity. "He will arrive in Jordan on a military plane, escorted by Jordanian and British guards," the official said without elaborating.

UK-based Islamist Abu Qatada to be deported Sunday

Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada is to be deported from Britain to Jordan on Sunday, after the two governments approved a treaty paving the way for his extradition ending years of litigation, a Jordanian official said on Wednesday. "Abu Qatada is expected to leave Britain in the early hours of Sunday and should arrive in the morning in Jordan on the same day," a government official told AFP on condition on anonymity. "He will arrive in Jordan on a military plane, escorted by Jordanian and British guards," the official said without elaborating.

Britain hopes cleric will leave 'at earliest opportunity'

Britain said on Wednesday it wanted to see radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada on a plane "at the earliest opportunity", after Jordan said he would finally be deported this weekend. A spokeswoman for the Home Office said she could not comment directly on operational security matters, but said: "Our focus is on seeing Abu Qatada on a plane to Jordan at the earliest opportunity." A Jordanian official told AFP on condition of anonymity that the cleric would leave Britain early on Sunday morning, after the two governments approved a treaty paving the way for his deportation.

UK-based Islamist Abu Qatada to be deported Sunday

Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada is to be flown from Britain to Jordan on Sunday, after the two governments approved a treaty paving the way for his deportation ending years of litigation, a Jordanian official said on Wednesday. "Abu Qatada is expected to leave Britain in the early hours of Sunday and should arrive in the morning in Jordan on the same day," a government official told AFP on condition on anonymity. "He will arrive in Jordan on a military plane, escorted by Jordanian and British guards," the official said without elaborating.

UK-based Islamist Abu Qatada to be deported Sunday

Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada is to be deported from Britain to Jordan on Sunday, after the two governments approved a treaty paving the way for his extradition ending years of litigation, a Jordanian official said on Wednesday. "Abu Qatada is expected to leave Britain in the early hours of Sunday and should arrive in the morning in Jordan on the same day," a government official told AFP on condition on anonymity. str-akh/kir
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