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Abu Qatada al-Filistini, born Omar Mahmoud Othman, in 1959/60, is a Palestinian Muslim of Jordanian citizenship. He is under worldwide embargo by the United Nations Security Council Committee 1267 for his alleged affiliation with al-Qaeda. Regularly imprisoned in Britain since he was first detained under anti-terrorism laws in 2002, he has not been prosecuted there for any crime. The Algerian government has described Abu Qatada as being involved with Islamists in London and possibly elsewhere. After initially barring the United Kingdom from deporting Abu Qatada to Jordan, in May 2012 the European Court of Human Rights denied him leave to appeal against deportation without specifying a reason. On 12 November 2012, the Special Immigration Appeals Commission upheld Abu Qatada's appeal against deportation and released him on restrictive bail conditions. The Home Secretary Theresa May said the government would appeal against the decision. (via Freebase)