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Cleric Abu Hamza Loses Extradition Appeal
A UK High Court judge has ruled radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza can now be extradited to the United States to face terror charges.
Applications to stop extradition orders against four other terror suspects - Babar Ahmad, Syed Talha Ahsan, Khaled al Fawwaz and Adel Abdul Bary - have all also been dismissed.
Judge Sir John Thomas ruled that all five can now be extradited immediately.
After the verdict was announced a spokesman for Ahmad read out a statement in front of the Royal Courts of Justice.
"I leave with my head held high having won the moral victory," he said.
All five cases returned to the High Court after judges at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) refused to intervene and stop the Home Secretary extraditing them.
The men were indicted on various terrorism charges in America between 1999 and 2006.
Hamza has been 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.
Ahmad, a computer expert from south London, and Ahsan are accused of offences including using a website to provide support to terrorists and conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim or injure persons or damage property in a foreign country.
They wanted their removal stopped so that they could challenge a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions not to allow British businessman Karl Watkin, a campaigner against the UK's extradition arrangements with the US, to bring prosecutions against them in the UK.
Bary and Al-Fawwaz were indicted - with Osama bin Laden and 20 others - for their alleged involvement in, or support for, the bombing of US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998.
Al-Fawwaz faces more than 269 counts of murder.
Lawyers for Hamza argued at a three-day hearing this week that his health was "deteriorating".
His QC, Alun Jones, said the Egyptian-born preacher, who lost both hands and an eye allegedly fighting the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, was suffering from depression, lack of concentration and failing memory.
This was probably linked to the chronic sleep deprivation he had endured while being held at top-security Belmarsh prison in south-east London for more than eight years in "utterly unacceptable conditions", it was claimed.
His cell lights had been switched on every hour of the night to make sure he was moving, said Mr Jones.
Hamza suffered from diabetes, raised blood pressure and excessive sweating which required him to shower twice a day, and he also suffered from repeated infections to the stumps of his forearms.
Mr Jones said he had now been moved to another high-security prison, Long Lartin, near Evesham, Worcestershire.
The judge told the packed court that it was important to make six general observations about the appeal, and said "each of these claimants long ago exhausted the procedures in the United Kingdom".
He added: "There can be no doubt that each has, over the many years, either taken or had the opportunity to take every conceivable point to prevent his extradition to the United States.
"It is unacceptable that extradition proceedings should take more than a relatively short time, to be measured in months not years.
"It is not just to anyone that proceedings such as these should last between 14 and eight years."
A US Embassy spokeswoman welcomed the judgement, saying: "These individuals are being transferred to the United States.
"These extraditions mark the end of a lengthy process of litigation through the UK courts and the ECHR.
"The US government agrees with the ECHR's findings that the conditions of confinement in US prisons - including in maximum security facilities - do not violate European standards.
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what do you think?
Start the engines of the big silver bird and send them on their way now. Abu Hamza has been public shame of governments past and present for too long
Despite all the comments there is one thing the UK can be proud of ... They were given every right of apeal and acess to the justice system and now they must go to the USA. Yes it was at the expense of us but being fair and just is to be proud of and commended
Chris. Are you really trying to tell me that the UK judicial system should be proud of the farce that they allowed this case to become. He has been taking the P for 8 years
he had brilliant lawyers and if the judicial system is as it iss he and his legal team haaave evry right to use it. You may believe he has taken the p but we have been fair in our dealings and it has won out in the end. The law is what it is and if not liked change it. I think ssome one called the law an ass well they may be right but we were fair and honest sorry but we will have to dissagree on this one
I never understood why he was never convicted of hate crime over here in the first place. He is a racist, and preaches racism.
Very true. Let's hope he has a nice comfortable journey...ta ta. :)
Really Chris? Surely you know that only whities can be racist
Gengis. Who knows but you can bet your life if it had been a white cleric spewing forth the bile that this fella was he would have been lifted by the multicultural mafia toot sweet
.........ITS UNBELIEVABLE ITS TAKEN SO LONG, THINGS NEED TO BE SPEEDED UP......
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........IMMEDIATE....PROBABLY GONE BY NOW !!!!!!!!!
i do hope so hope they send him as cargo to the US
AT LAST, when will we gwt rid of the rest of them
He was pretty objectionable while he was here. Why was he not stripped of UK citizenship and exported back where he came from. The fact he preached hate here against the west should have immediately nullified any asylum claims.
because he's not a UK citizen? I believe he's Jordanian but can't go back there in case they torture him.
Hahaha Oh what a shame that would have been.
Such a shame. He's so cute!
Best news all day Bet he's still here this time next week.
Don't let the door hit you in the *** as you leave!!
Well he's screwed now, no more free legal team paid for by the tax payer, what will he do now.
TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK....OOPS!! Oh crickey!! Sorry chaps. I only looked at the picture. I thought it was a new Peter Pan release... Well, he'll be flying soon I hope
could of been the best James Bond baddie ever:) a great loss to the country and cinema
In future please just tell us when he's 'history and landed elsewhere /anywhere before you tell us oh he didn't Get on the plane !!!!!
yes yes yes get them on the plane ASAP before their legal team think of another way to block the extradition orders to the USA
How much have we had to pay on Free legal Aid not just for him but all the others and future rejects, his British Lawyers WHO have made a nice little packet THESE LAWYERS CANNOT BE NAMED NEVER INTERVIEWED (WOULDNT BE ANYWAY SAME AS THE JUDGES, can a lawyer or judge refuse to act wonder if ever one has.