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Abu Hamza In High Court Extradition Challenge
A last-ditch legal move by radical cleric Abu Hamza to fight extradition to the United States will be heard by the High Court next week.
Two judges in London will also consider a challenge by a second terror suspect, Khaled Al-Fawwaz, next Tuesday.
The two men are seeking injunctions to stop them being flown to the US.
Pending the hearing by Sir John Thomas, President of the Queen's Bench Division, and Mr Justice Ouseley, interim injunctions have been issued preventing their removal.
The latest legal action comes after Europe's human rights judges this week rejected a bid for an appeal by Hamza and four other terror suspects, paving the way for their extradition.
A panel of five judges threw out their request to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.
Hamza's lawyers have fought a successful campaign to fight his extradition for several years.
His grounds for appeal are not known as this stage, though they could be based on his health. Hamza has also claimed he would be treated unfairly if he were sent to the US.
Hamza was jailed in 2006 for seven years for soliciting to murder and inciting racial hatred.
He is currently charged with 11 counts of criminal conduct related to the taking of 16 hostages in Yemen in 1998, advocating violent jihad in Afghanistan in 2001 and conspiring to establish a jihad training camp in Bly, Oregon, between June 2000 and December 2001.
A Home Office spokesperson said: "The European Court of Human Rights ruled there was no bar to the extradition of these men. We will continue working to ensure they are handed over to the US authorities as soon as possible."
Meanwhile, immigration judges have announced that they will hear radical cleric Abu Qatada's appeal against extradition to Jordan on October 10.
The European Court of Human Rights ruled in May that Qatada's deportation to Jordan could go ahead providing no evidence obtained through torture was used in any impending trial.
The British government has said it has now obtained that assurance from the Jordanian government, which has amended its laws on the use of torture evidence.
Sky News Home Affairs Correspondent Mark White reported that immigration court officials say a substantive hearing for the case will begin on October 10.
Qatada will remain in prison until then.
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what do you think?
Just playing the British justice system. Trouble is, they have to do things by law...even if they don't want to...SHAME isn't it?
The last desperate squirming of a violent religious fanatic. He should be deported by hook or by crook
It's clear by now that his lawyers are far smarter than their home office counterparts - I can only repeat my previous fear that we will continue to have this person as our guest for a long time to come because its obvious that Theresa May and her department are for some unfathomable reason unable to make full and proper preparations for extradition in advance and seem to be tripped up at every twist and turn of this farce which by now must make the UK the laughing stock of the rest of the free world.
something else for the british taxpayer to have to fork out for i suppose
Extradite him to the USA and let them execute him that's all he deserves
no that would make him a maryter just lock him up throw away the key and let him rot away
But that costs too much an unfortunately it's the innocent taxpayers like u n I that get landed with the bill
why dont they just stop all the messing around hes lost his fight in the european courts to stop his extradition to the us just exradite him now.... when hes there i hope they lock him up and throw away the key
Because his lawyers can't retire yet they need another massive taxpayers pay day
Just put him on the plane. Let the yanks deal with him
..THIS IS BECOMING THE ABU COMEDY SHOW......HE SHOULD BE PACKING UP HIS SUITCASE AND GETTING READY TO ENJOY HIS NEW HOSTS HOSPITALITY !!!!!!
Theresa May should be sacked for her incompetence immediately, because its quite clear she is as thickas 2 short planks. Yet again these people representing this animal have got him off again. Why do our Judges cower down to him, are they that scared of whats instore for them? Pathetic
On health grounds?? What does the US not have doctors? I'm sure if he can b in prison here without suffering, he can in America too!
Here we go round the mulberry bush. Please don't catch any more terrorist because by the time the incompetent politicians have let the legal profession finish creaming it the country will be totally bankrupt
I thought the European courts were as far as he can go.....so why are we giving him an opportunity to stay and defy the European ruling, when we obey the Europeans telling us what to do the rest of the time? and a little addition.....what the hell was the judge smoking when he granted the injunction?
WHATS THE MATTER WITH THESE JUDGES????? WE WANT THEM OUT NOW!!!!!!!!!!
SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE FIRST PLANE OUT AS SOON AS THE RULING WAS RECEIVED. THESE HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYERS SHOULD BE TRIED THEMSELVES FOR TREASON, AND SOME OF THE JUDGES TOO.
If the judge says he can stay,SACK the judge,or better still put him on the plane now.
I have not stopped laughing yet. You have to admite this guy and his Lawers. As I said before, IF he is ever extradited it wont be for many years yet. He can appeal this all the way to Europe again, dragging this out until he croaks natrualy. Then no doubt we will have to pay te have his body taken out to Mecca for a funeral.
I`m not laughing. no damned sense of humour at all
get him on a plane now also remove his family why should they relay on handouts no more !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!