Jordan: Radical cleric Abu Qatada arrives

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By JAMAL HALABY, Associated Press

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Jordanian military prosecutor says radical Muslim preacher Abu Qatada, who was deported early Sunday from Britain, has arrived in Jordan to face retrial on terrorism charges.

Jordan had sought the man, accused of being a key al-Qaida operative in Europe, for over a decade. He had been previously sentenced in absentia to life in jail but that has been lifted now that he faces a new trial.

Information Minister Mohammed Momani said Jordan "is keen on credibility and transparency" in handling Abu Qatada, whose real name is Omar Mahmoud Mohammed Othman.

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