UK court freezes Abu Hamza extradition

2012-09-26 19:54

London - A British High Court judge on Wednesday halted the extradition of Abu Hamza to the United States after the radical Islamist preacher lodged a last-ditch legal appeal, the Judiciary Office said.

The judge issued "interim injunctions" barring the removal of Abu Hamza and a second terror suspect, Khaled Al-Fawwaz, pending a hearing in open court which will happen "urgently", a spokesperson said.

The European Court of Human Rights on Monday upheld a 10 April ruling that it made approving the extradition from Britain of Hamza, Fawwaz and three other suspects to the United States.

"Applications have been lodged by Kamel Mustafa Mustafa [a.k.a. Abu Hamza] and Khaled Al-Fawwaz seeking injunctions preventing their removal from the UK," the Judiciary Office spokesperson said.

"A High Court judge has considered the applications on the papers and adjourned the cases to a hearing in open court.

"The judge has issued interim injunctions preventing their removal prior to those hearings. The judge has directed the hearings be fixed urgently."

The grounds for the appeal by Abu Hamza and al-Fawwaz were not immediately clear. Their lawyers did not return calls seeking comment.

A British government source told AFP the appeals by the two terror suspects were a "delaying tactic".

The government would continue working with the police and the US authorities to ensure the extraditions went ahead as quickly as possible, the source said.

Hamza, the hook-handed former imam of the Finsbury Park mosque in north London, is wanted in the United States on charges including setting up an al-Qaeda-style training camp for militants in the US state of Oregon.

He is currently serving a seven-year jail sentence in Britain for inciting followers to murder non-believers in speeches on the streets of London.

  • delish7564 - 2012-09-26 23:43

    More fool the Brits, they should have deported him rather than sending him to prison. Why is this OK but they can't wait to extradite Assange, oh that's right they would be accused of racism. I say stuff that and send these guys on their way...Hamza has caused enough trouble in the UK and you can be sure if it was a Brit behaving in this way in the Middle East, he would not still be alive. If you're not prepared to abide by the laws of the land, you have no right staying there!

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-09-27 05:54

    Strange! Assange must be extradited, but Hamza and Dewani cannot. The Brits are now trying to make amends for all the years when they ruled the world and abused other ethnic groups.Are they afraid of being called racist?

      Shane Loxton - 2012-09-27 17:45

      bud i agree with you 100%, Assang was only wanted for questioning, NOT CHARGED, and yet the UK risked an international incident with the Embassy, but the other two get to live freely while the UK falls of its Politically Correct feet. Double standards at its highest.

  • Gcodi Mahomed - 2012-09-27 08:18

    @quickquirky,the same should about you!!!you should be extradited to Afghanistan

  • Ecosse.Nkosi - 2012-09-27 11:41

    No mention of this on the British main stream media, but I guess they don't want their noses rubbed in the dirt with another failure to rid teh country of a despicable hate preacher and terrorist

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