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Deported cleric Abu Qatada denies al-Qaida plot

By Jamie Grierson

Radical cleric Abu Qatada has denied plotting al-Qaida-inspired terror attacks at a court in Jordan after he was deported from Britain after a near-decade long battle.

Under cover of darkness, the 53-year-old, dressed in robes and headscarf, was escorted by police officers on to a private flight from RAF Northolt, in west London, early yesterday morning.

Upon arriving in Jordan, the cleric was taken by masked anti-terror police to a military court on the outskirts of the capital Amman where he has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to carry out terror attacks in 1999 and 2000.

Charges faced by Qatada cover a foiled plot against the American school in Amman and an alleged attack on tourists during new year celebrations.

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