Cleric Abu Qatada cleared over terror plot by Jordan court

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 24, 2014 3:52 AM

AMMAN (Reuters) - A Jordanian court acquitted radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada on Wednesday of charges of providing spiritual and material support for a plot to attack tourists during Jordan's New Year celebrations in 2000, a judicial source said.

Jordan's state security court ruled that the charges lacked sufficient evidence, the source said.

The source said the cleric was expected to be freed as soon as today.

(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi, editing by John Stonestreet)