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Radical Cleric Hamza Can Be Extradited To US
Radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza can be extradited to the US after Europe's human rights judges rejected his request for an appeal, officials have said.
Hamza wanted to fight a European Court of Human Rights ruling that extradition would not breach his human rights.
But his request was rejected by a panel of judges, a spokesman for the court said.
The unanimous judgment said there would be no human rights breach either as a result of likely detention in ADX Florence "supermax" prison in Colorado, or the length of possible sentences on conviction.
The decision means Hamza, who was jailed for seven years for soliciting to murder and inciting racial hatred, can now be extradited with four others, including terror suspect Babar Ahmad.
Computer expert Ahmad has been held in a UK prison without trial for eight years after being accused of raising funds for terrorism.
The request for an appeal delayed a total of five cases related to the same judgment. The other cases involve Seyla Talha Ahsan, Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled al Fawwaz.
The five are likely to be put on a plane to the US within two or three weeks, it is understood.
A Home Office spokesman said: "The Home Secretary welcomes today's decision not to refer the cases of Abu Hamza and four others to the Grand Chamber.
"This follows the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights on April 10 to allow the extradition of these five terrorism suspects to the US.
"We will work to ensure that the individuals are handed over to the US authorities as quickly as possible."
The judges said that between 1999 and 2006 the men were indicted on various terrorism charges in America.
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.
Bary and Al Fawwaz were indicted - with al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and 20 others - for their alleged involvement in, or support for, the bombing of US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in 1998. Al Fawwaz faces more than 269 counts of murder.
Ahmad and Ahsan are accused of offences including providing support to terrorists and conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim or injure persons or damage property in a foreign country.
what do you think?
FIne - fly him out tonight
I'm with ya there bro, 1 way ticket please.
About time, will his family go with him to offer support?
Probably not John, unfortunately America don't hand out money in benefits like us softy's do! A small condo just wont do.
Sling yer hook Hamza!
Blast you Beat me to it
At last! Common sense prevails.
Great to see some good news!!
Or is it Good to see some Great news!! :-)
I'll just get your coat for you sir :O))))) Can we send the family to, must be costing us thousands, and they must of known what he was doing so they must be stripped of all the benefits etc. Can probably guess they ain't been working.
Agree with you all anti-UK people should have their benifits stripped, council houses taken from them then see how many stay here.
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Hamza vs Clint Eastwood
His family have to leave as well, so must the man who is wanted in Jordan and also thousands of migrants who are wanted in their home country. All other members of the EU deport all foreigners who have been in jail or committing crimes.
Put him in his little boat he may have a go go gadget attatchment proppellor
Are they on the plane yet?
hope they send him to the U.S. baggage class!!!
Let them hang onto the wheels for the journey, inside the plane is too good for these people.
Great news! send them to America and let them recieve the punishment they deserve! These backwards, deluded terrorist types should play no part in decent society.
ORANGE why is it that you removed my comments about 'booting' old hooky out of the country yet everyone else's have stayed? I demand an explanation
does that mean that his family get to stay here and claim benefits?
very valid point, they should all go as his children will probably have the same beliefs and then we'll have Abu part 2
I can't see any comments from all those who gave Theresa May a good kicking when she started to sort out this problem. All the grab a headline labour MPs who attacked her, remember they had the problem for 10 years and did nothing it may have taken her 2 years but at least she has got rid of them
About time , they say justice is very slow, but it eventually works
Good but I will only believe it when I see him hauled onto a plane. What's the betting that his solicitors launch a hundred legal "objections" first? Italy or France would have booted him out years ago and simply paid the human rights court fine. . . Why cant we?
....ITS ABOUT TIME THAT HE AND HIS FAMILY ARE SENT FROM MY CARING COUNTRY, I DO NOT OBJECT TO "REAL" POLITICAL REFUGEES, BUT TOO MANY NOW ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF OUR HOSPITALITY........I HOPE HE AND HIS FOLLOWERS LEAVE NEXT WEEK.... ......... CANT WAIT !!!!!!!!