reason for Abu Qatada re-arrest
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#1 Mar 21, 2013
The recent re-arrest of radical cleric Abu Qatada was linked to an investigation into extremist internet material, the Met Police have said.
They are investigating whether he was involved in the material's publication.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Osborne said counter-terrorism officers were investigating a range of online publications in multiple languages.
Abu Qatada was detained earlier in March after an urgent Special Immigration Appeals Commission hearing.
The cleric was arrested by UK Border Agency officials and returned to prison following a Met Police's counter-terrorism unit searched his London home on 9 March.
His is alleged to have breached condition 10 of his bail agreement, which concerned the use of communications equipment at his home.
The incident had similarities to an occasion in 2008 when the cleric's bail was also withdrawn.
Mr Osborne said the current investigation was into words "attributed" to the preacher found in the publications.
The material was from a range of sources, including from the internet, and police are investigating whether the publications were written by Abu Qatada.
Mr Osborne added: "When we searched his house before his arrest, that was a police search in relation to investigating some publications, to see if that was anything that reached a criminal threshold.
"There is an awful lot of media that needs to be looked through."
Abu Qatada has been found guilty of terrorism offences in his absence in Jordan, where he faces a retrial for allegedly conspiring to cause explosions targeting Western and Israeli targets before the year 2000.
The preacher was released on bail from prison in November 2012 when the courts blocked the home secretary's latest attempt to deport him to Jordan.
The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) ruled that Jordan had not proved Abu Qatada's retrial would be free of evidence obtained by torture.
The home secretary is awaiting the outcome of an appeal.
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