Muslim cleric deported from UK arrested in Kenya

AP News
Posted: Jan 02, 2010 10:54 AM

A human rights official says a Jamaica-born Islamic cleric once deported from the UK has been arrested by Kenyan anti-terror police.

Abdullah el-Faisal was arrested Friday in Mombasa after he left a mosque, says Al-Amin Kimathi, executive coordinator of the Muslim Human Rights Forum.

Police told el-Faisal he had violated the terms of his tourist visa by preaching in mosques.

The cleric was sentenced to nine years in British jail in 2003 after being convicted of incitement to murder and stirring racial hatred by urging followers to kill Hindus, Jews and Americans.

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El-Faisal had his sentence cut to seven years on appeal, and became eligible for parole after serving half his term. He was deported immediately from Britain upon his release in 2007.