Abu Qatada has been arrested for allegedly breaching his bail conditions, days ahead of a new Government attempt to have him deported.
The radical cleric, who has been convicted of terror charges in Jordan, was arrested by UK Border Agency officials on Friday following raids by the Metropolitan Police Service Counter Terrorism unit.
Searches at two residential homes and a business in northwest and west London began on Thursday, while a search on a third property in northwest London is ongoing, Scotland Yard said.
The searches were carried out in connection with ongoing inquiries by the Counter Terrorism Command, a spokesman for Scotland Yard said.
However, no arrests have been made in connection with the police investigation, he added.
The Home Office said: “The UK Border Agency arrested a 52-year-old man from north London for alleged breaches of his bail conditions imposed by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC).”
He added that the breach will be considered by SIAC at the earliest opportunity.
Qatada was reportedly arrested by officials outside his family home in London.
The Sun newspaper showed pictures of him being escorted out of his house with his hands hidden under a jacket.
Qatada is due to appear at the Court of Appeal on Monday for Home Secretary Theresa May’s attempt to overturn a judge’s decision to allow him to stay in the UK.
Ms May will challenge the decision in front of three Court of Appeal judges led by Lord Dyson, the Master of the Rolls.
Once described by a Spanish judge as “Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe”, Qatada has used human rights laws to fight deportation for more than a decade.
SIAC decided last November that Qatada could not lawfully be deported to Jordan, where he was convicted of terror charges in his absence in 1999.
SIAC judges ruled there was a danger that evidence from Qatada’s former co-defendants Abu Hawsher and Al Hamasher, said to have been obtained by torture, could be used against him in a retrial in Jordan.
He was granted bail following the ruling by three SIAC judges and released from Long Lartin prison in November last year, returning to his home.
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