Jordanian Cleric Abu Qatada is to be freed on bail after the High Court judges ruled that he could not be deported to his home country, where he could face allegations of plotting bomb attacks, local media reported. Abu Qatada won an appeal against his deportation to Jordan on Monday, November 12, and was told by Judge John Mitting that he will be released from Long Lartin prison on Tuesday, British media reported. According to the reports, the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) decided the cleric would not get a fair trial in Jordan because evidence obtained via torture could be used against him. Home Secretary Theresa May, however, called the ruling “deeply unsatisfactory” and told MPs in the House of Commons that she will contest it. Abu Qatada’s release is subject to bail conditions including being allowed out of his house only between 08:00 A.M. and 16:00 P.M., having to wear an electronic tag, and being restricted in who he meets, the state-run BBC reported. MOS/MOL/HE
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