Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada has been released from prison after being found not guilty of terrorism offences by a court in Jordan.
Judges said there was “insufficient evidence” to convict him of planning a thwarted terrorist plot against tourists and diplomats during Jordan’s Millennium celebrations.
He was deported from the UK in 2013.
Britain’s Home Office said he was “not coming back to the UK” as its courts agreed he was a threat to security.
Ministers in the UK fought a long legal battle to force the 53-year-old scholar to face trial in his home country.
Abu Qatada was accused of providing spiritual support through his writings to men alleged to have planned a series of atrocities aimed at Western and Israeli targets in Jordan on Millennium Eve.
Prosecutors said that books by Abu Qatada were found in raids on homes leading up to the New Year. Jordanian and American investigators accused him of supplying funds to the plotters.
He denied the allegations in a trial which punctuated by a number of outbursts by him.
His supporters erupted in applause when the verdict was read out in court.
Home Secretary Theresa May, who headed government efforts to remove Abu Qatada from the UK, said: “The due process of law has taken place in Jordan. That is absolutely as it should be.
“The UK courts here were very clear that Abu Qatada poses a threat to our national security. That’s why we were pleased as a government to remove him from the UK.
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