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Rights Groups Criticize Indonesia’s Prison Term for Shi’ite Cleric

Posted July 12th, 2012 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Rights groups are criticizing an Indonesian court for sentencing a Shi’ite cleric to two years in prison for blasphemy. They call the verdict a setback for religious freedom in the predominantly Sunni Muslim nation. In Thursday’s ruling, the court in Madura island’s Sampang district convicted Tajul Muluk of insulting Islam in his religious teachings. Citing […]

British Judge Rejects Bail for Terror Suspect

Posted May 28th, 2012 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A British judge has rejected bail for terror suspect and radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada. Judge John Mitting said Monday that having Qatada free and on the streets of London during the Summer Olympic Games would be “extremely problematic.” He said that if Qatada disappeared, valuable resources would be needed to track him down. Qatada […]

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Britain Resumes Efforts to Deport Radical Cleric

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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British authorities have re-arrested a radical Islamist cleric, accused of ties to late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, in a fresh attempt to deport him to Jordan after more a than decade-long legal battle. Jordanian preacher Abu Qatada was detained Tuesday by U.K. Border Agency officers. He was denied bail while awaiting the latest extradition […]

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Britain Resumes Efforts to Deport Radical Cleric

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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British authorities have arrested a radical Islamist cleric, accused of ties to late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, in an effort to deport him to Jordan. Britain has attempted to extradite Jordanian preacher Abu Qatada since 2005, arguing that he poses a risk to national security. Jordan has convicted Qatada in absentia of terrorism charges […]

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Timeline: Awlaki’s Role in Terror Attacks

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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Yemeni and U.S. authorities believe Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical al-Qaida-linked cleric, played a role in a number of terrorist attacks. Here is a look at the major incidents. September 2001: U.S. authorities conduct a series of interviews with Awlaki in the aftermath of the September 11th U.S. terror attacks for his alleged dealings with suspects […]

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