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A FIREBRAND preacher once described as "Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe" was granted bail by an immigration tribunal yesterday.

Abu Qatada, 48, who last month defeated the Government's efforts to deport him to Jordan, will be subject to a 22-hour curfew.

AJordanian court has already convicted him in his absence of involvement with terror attacks in 1998. The radical cleric is currently being held in Belmarsh high-security prison but could be released within weeks.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said she was "extremely disappointed" at the decision and promised to take "all steps necessary to protect the public".
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 9, 2008
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