LONDON – Jordanian terrorism suspect Abu Qatada was sent back to prison by a British judge Saturday, just two days before the government is due to make a fresh bid to deport him.
The radical cleric, who has been dubbed Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe, was found to have breached the conditions of his bail granted last November. Abu Qatada, 52, had been re-arrested at his home in north London by officials from the U.K. Border Agency on Friday. His case was then assessed in an urgent telephone hearing Saturday before a judge of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission. The judge said there was “strong prima facie evidence” that Abu Qatada had breached a bail condition that banned him from having mobile phones switched on in his house while he was there. It also bans digital media devices, rewritable CDs or pen drives at his home.