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Abu Hamza set to be extradited to US

2012-10-05 18:15

London - Radical Islamist preacher Abu Hamza and four other men on Friday failed in bids to block their extradition from Britain to the United States to face terrorism charges, as the High Court rejected their requests.

Judge John Thomas said: "The applications by all five claimants must be dismissed. It follows that their extradition to the United States of America may proceed immediately."

Two judges at the court in London rejected a plea by Hamza, an Egyptian-born 54-year-old former imam, to be allowed a stay of extradition in order for medical tests to be carried out to assess his fitness to face trial.

Fellow terror suspects Khaled al-Fawwaz, Syed Tahla Ahsan, Adel Abdul Bary and Babar Ahmad were also denied an injunction.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled in September that all five men could be extradited, but the High Court ordered the government to halt their removal while it heard their final appeals.

The government dismissed the appeals as delaying tactics.

Ahmad and Ahsan, both British nationals, are accused of operating websites supporting Chechen and Afghan insurgents.

Hamza - who wears a hook where his right hand once was - has been in prison for eight years after being convicted in Britain of inciting hatred.

Fawwaz and Bary have been in prison without trial since 1999, while Ahmad has been behind bars since 2004 and Ahsan since 2006.

US authorities expressed satisfaction that they would at last get their hands on the radical Islamist preacher and the four other men, AFP reported

Comments
  • roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-10-05 18:32

    Good, now they will feel the real hand of justice.

      Arshad Amod - 2012-10-05 19:14

      another tactic by the US to get their hands on innocent muslims who speak out against them!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-05 19:27

      Innocent Muslims who blow themselves up in public places, killing and maiming hundreds of thousands of people? Yeah right. No wonder this continues under your nose. Wake up.

      jayjay.mlungu - 2012-10-05 20:26

      Yeah asshard muslims are always the victims

      susanna.smit.7 - 2012-10-06 14:17

      Arshad, if he is innocent he has nothing to fear and will subsequently be free to do as he pleases.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-08 18:46

      At least his hands are clean

  • delish7564 - 2012-10-05 18:37

    About flippin time....it's taken long enough!

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-05 18:49

    or the real hook

  • thunder.clap.587 - 2012-10-05 19:16

    Judge but You shall also be Judged.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-05 19:28

      By who? God is love, pure love, not punishment and judgement. That's man's faulty construct of God (emphasis on man).

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-06 09:57

    Send him to a state with the death penalty. - Kathy

  • hsnam - 2012-10-06 11:41

    finally! the brits are way too soft on these numbskull crazies. they are giving asylum, are allowed to live and work in the UK and reward the british generosity by planning suicide attacks on innocent people, all in the name of "Islam" and "Allah. Nothing against religion, but some of them are overdoing it.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-08 18:47

      France still takes the real trash.

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