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Abu Hamza to be extradited to US
1 year ago
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Abu Hamza to be extradited to US

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Five suspected terrorists including Abu Hamza al-Masri can be extradited to the US, ending a long legal battle, UK High Court judges have ruled.

 

The radical cleric, along with Babar Ahmad, Syed Talha Ahsan, Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled al-Fawwaz, failed to show "new and compelling" reasons not to send them.

 

Their appeal came after the European Court of Human Rights backed successive UK courts in ruling for extradition.

 

The BBC's Dominic Casciani reports.

1 year ago

No more appeals said a high court judge, thank God, hopefully they all will in the US by tomorrow, 

Abu Hamza leaves Long Lartin prison for US extradition
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Abu Hamza leaves Long Lartin prison for US extradition

Convoy leaves Long Lartin prison
Three police 4x4s, two armoured vans and a police people carrier left the jail at 19:15 BST.

Five terror suspects including Abu Hamza al-Masri have left jail to begin extradition to the US after losing the last appeal in a long legal battle.

 

The High Court ruled Hamza, Babar Ahmad, Syed Talha Ahsan, Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled al-Fawwaz did not show "new and compelling" reasons to stay.

 

The men left Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire in a police convoy.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police's extradition unit will hand them over US marshals at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk.

 

The BBC understands a US Department of Justice-owned civilian Gulfstream jet has been on the tarmac at the base since Tuesday, having flown in from Washington that day.

 

A second civilian plane, a Dassault Falcon 900, flew into the airbase in the early hours of this morning from Westchester County in New York state, but close to the border with Connecticut, where Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan are expected to be tried.

 

 

Three police 4x4s, two armoured vans and a blacked-out police people carrier left the jail at 19:15 BST.

 

A Home Office spokesman welcomed the decision and said it was "working to extradite these men as quickly as possible".

 

The US first attempted to extradite Abu Hamza in 2004 over 11 allegations, including of a conspiracy to take hostages and hostage-taking in Yemen in 1998, in an incident that led to the death of four people.

 

The process was halted when the UK decided to try him on allegations of soliciting to murder and stirring up racial hatred relating to his sermons. He was convicted in 2006.

 

'The sooner the better'

Judges Sir John Thomas and Mr Justice Ousley said in their ruling that there was an "overwhelming public interest in the functioning of the extradition system" and that there was "no appeal from our decision".

 

Of the long legal battle to send the men - whose extradition requests were submitted between 1998 and 2006 - to the US, Sir John told the court: "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."

 

There was no doubt each man had, over the years, "either taken or had the opportunity to take every conceivable point to prevent his extradition to the United States", he added.

 

The judges' written ruling, read out in court, concluded that "each of the claimants' applications for permission to apply for judicial review or for a re-opening of the statutory appeals be dismissed".
The judges rejected a plea by Abu Hamza to delay his extradition so he could undergo an MRI brain scan which, his lawyers said, could show he was unfit to plead because of degenerative problems.
"The sooner he is put on trial the better," they said.


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The 54-year-old, a former imam at Finsbury Park mosque, north London, was suffering from chronic sleep deprivation and depression as a result of eight years in prison, his lawyers added.

 

But during the hearing, Sir John observed there were "excellent medical facilities in the United States".

 

The judges also rejected appeals from Mr al-Fawwaz and Mr Bary, who are accused of being aides to Osama Bin Laden in London.

 

The US alleges they promoted violent jihad against the West and were involved in the 1998 US embassy bombings in East Africa, which killed more than 200 people.

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Map showing Long Lartin prison and RAF Mildenhall

The battle to stay in the UK is also over for Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan, who are accused of running pro-jihad website Azzam.com - which the US says was hosted there - and of helping terrorists.

 

In a statement prepared in prison before the verdict, Mr Ahmad said that, "By exposing the fallacy of the UK's extradition arrangements with the US, I leave with my head held high having won the moral victory."

 

In a statement released by its embassy in London, the US said it was "pleased" the men were being extradited after "a lengthy process of litigation".

 

"The law enforcement relationship between the United States and United Kingdom is predicated on trust, respect, and the common goals of protecting our nations and eliminating safe havens for criminals, including terrorists," it added.

 

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1 year ago

I hoep they fry the SOB's when they get here to the US! Knowing Obama and his love of Muslims somehow I do not have a good feeling about the fact they will get their just due's!!!!

1 year ago

Abu Hamza among five terror suspects extradited to US

Police convoy en route to Suffolk
A police convoy transports the terror suspects from Long Lartin prison to RAF Mildenhall

Five terror suspects, including the radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, have flown out of the UK on a jet bound for the United States.

 

Officers from Scotland Yard's extradition unit handed the men to US marshals at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk.

 

A police convoy brought the suspects from Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire to Suffolk at 19:15 BST.

 

High Court judges earlier dismissed the men's final appeal against extradition to the US to face terror charges.

 

They said the five men, Abu Hamza, Babar Ahmad, Syed Talha Ahsan, Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled al-Fawwaz, did not show "new and compelling" reasons to stay in the UK.

 

In a statement, Home Secretary Theresa May said she was pleased that the court decision meant "these men, who used every available opportunity to frustrate and delay the extradition process over many years, could finally be removed".

 

She said: "This government has co-operated fully with the courts and pressed at every stage to ensure this happened.

 

"It is right that these men, who are all accused of very serious offences, will finally face justice."

 

Abu Hamza faces 11 charges in the US relating to hostage taking, conspiracy to establish a militant training camp and calling for holy war in Afghanistan.

 

Once he lands he is set to appear in front of a judge within 24 hours in an open hearing.

 

Abu Hamza will be in court, however a lawyer who handles these kinds of cases told the BBC that the radical cleric is unlikely to say anything.

 

'No appeal'

He is expected to be held at the Metropolitan Correction Centre in New York in an area reserved for high-profile prisoners.

 

A pre-trial hearing is likely to take place within about three weeks. The actual trial, which should take place in a public courtroom, could take between one and three years.

 

A US District Court hearing has been scheduled for Mr Ahmad and Mr Ahsan in Connecticut later, according to officials.

 

The two men, who are aboard one of the planes, are reportedly heading to the state where an internet service provider was allegedly used to host one of the websites.

Abu Hamza
The trial of terror suspect Abu Hamza could take up to three years

The BBC understands a US Department of Justice-owned Gulfstream jet had been on the tarmac at the base since Tuesday, having flown in from Washington.

 

A second civilian plane, a Dassault Falcon 900, flew into the airbase in the early hours of Friday morning from Westchester County in New York state.

The High Court ruling on Friday afternoonbrought to an end a long-running legal battle. 

 

The men's extradition requests were submitted between 1998 and 2006, between eight and 14 years ago.

 

The suspects final appeal came after the European Court of Human Rights agreed with successive UK courts, that they should face extradition.

 

Judges Sir John Thomas and Mr Justice Ousley said in their ruling that there was an "overwhelming public interest in the functioning of the extradition system" and that there was "no appeal from our decision".

 

Sir John added that there was little doubt each man had, over the years, "either taken or had the opportunity to take every conceivable point to prevent his extradition to the United States".

 

Their written ruling, read out in court, concluded that "each of the claimants' applications for permission to apply for judicial review or for a reopening of the statutory appeals be dismissed".

 

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1 year ago

He's gone at long last, we have done our job, when he and the other 4 arrive in the US, given them the seat named Old Sparky to sit on, this will make my day, LOL 

1 year ago

I believe from the BBC News 24 that both plane's have now arrived in the US,

 

I also understand that Abu Hamza was on the second plane that landed in New York,

 

I further understand that all 5 will be in Court today, to have the charges read out, 

 

in addition I believe that the trial may last upto 3 years, please be advise, it thad taken 15 years and alot on money to get these bastards extradited to US. 

 

please note this is news that been reported on the BBC News 24, very little is been report from the US at the moment so we have been advise in the UK.

 

 

Abu Hamza due in US court following extradition
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Abu Hamza due in US court following extradition

Abu Hamza
The trial of terror suspect Abu Hamza could take up to three years

Radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza is due to appear in court in New York to face terrorism charges, following his extradition from the UK.

 

He is one of five men deported on Friday, hours after High Court judges rejected their final appeals.

 

The US Attorney General has confirmed the arrival of a flight carrying Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan.

 

They are due before a court in Connecticut in connection with the alleged running of a pro-jihad website.

 

On Friday, UK judges ruled the five men - Abu Hamza, Mr Ahmad, Mr Ahsan, Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled al-Fawwaz - did not show "new and compelling" reasons to stay in the UK.

 

The men were on two planes which left a military airbase in Suffolk.

 

'Lengthy process'

Abu Hamza faces 11 charges in the US relating to hostage taking, conspiracy to establish a militant training camp and calling for holy war in Afghanistan.

 

His lawyers had argued he was not fit to be deported on health grounds.

 

He is set to go before a judge within 24 hours of landing, and will appear in an open hearing following his arrival at an airport in New York state.

 

Mr al-Fawwaz and Mr Bary are accused of being aides to Osama Bin Laden in London.

 

The High Court decision on Friday came after the European Court of Human Rights backed successive UK courts in ruling for extradition.

 

Judges Sir John Thomas and Mr Justice Ousley said in their ruling that there was an "overwhelming public interest in the functioning of the extradition system" and that there was "no appeal from our decision".

 

Home Secretary Theresa May said she was "pleased" the men were "finally being removed to face justice".

 

She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme it was "frustrating how long it has taken to extradite them", but added she would be looking at lessons from the judiciary, other countries, and scrutinising the levels of appeal available in the UK to "make some changes" to the extradition process.

 

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But she also insisted the government had acted "as properly and quickly as we can at every stage... the point is there is a lengthy process".

Abu Hamza extradition: US court hears terror suspects
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Abu Hamza extradition: US court hears terror suspects

Babar Ahmad and Tahla Ahsan were extradited on Friday, with Abu Hamza and two other suspects  Video

 

Two terrorism suspects extradited from the UK to the US on the same day as Islamist cleric Abu Hamza have pleaded not guilty in a court in Connecticut.

 

Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan are both accused of conspiracy to support terrorists in Afghanistan and the Russian region of Chechnya.

 

The extradition of the three along with two others, marked the end of a marathon court battle.

 

UK Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "sick" of people like Abu Hamza.

 

Mr Ahmad and Mr Ahsan were indicted in 2004 and 2006 respectively for allegedly using a website from a Connecticut-based internet service provider to raise money and recruit fighters.

 

They, Abu Hamza and two other men, Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled al-Fawwaz, left the UK from an RAF base on two flights, hours after the High Court rejected final appeals against their extradition.

 

Abu Hamza faces 11 charges in the US relating to hostage-taking, conspiracy to establish a militant training camp and calling for holy war in Afghanistan.

 

He is expected to appear before a federal court in Manhattan, New York, on Saturday, as are Mr al-Fawwaz and Mr Bary.

 

The latter two suspects are accused of being aides to the late al-Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden, in London.

 

Jailed until trial

Mr Ahmad and Mr Ahsan were jailed until trial after their appearance in the federal court in New Haven, Connecticut. Their lawyers declined to comment.

 

Their next appearance in court is scheduled for 15 October, a spokesman for US prosecutors told AFP news agency.

 

Much of the media focus has been on Abu Hamza, whom the US first tried to extradite in 2004 on 11 charges, including a hostage-taking in Yemen in 1998 when four people were killed.
The process was halted when the UK decided to try him on allegations of soliciting to murder and stirring up racial hatred relating to his sermons. He was convicted in 2006.
Prime Minister Cameron said: "I'm absolutely delighted that Abu Hamza is now out of this country.
"Like the rest of the public I'm sick to the back teeth of people who come here, threaten our country, who stay at vast expense to the taxpayer and we can't get rid of them."
Mary Galligan, acting deputy head of the FBI, said: "The extraditions of Abu Hamza, Bary and Fawwaz are a major milestone in our effort to see these alleged high-level terrorists face American justice.
She said they were accused of "planning and carrying out some of the most odious acts of al-Qaeda terrorism".
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1 year ago

WHAT THEY ARE CHARGED WITH

 

  • Abu Hamza: charged in connection with a hostage-taking in Yemen in 1998 that resulted in four deaths; a conspiracy to establish a terrorist training camp in Bly, Oregon, in 1999; and supporting violent jihad in Afghanistan in 2000 and 2001.
  • Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled al-Fawwaz:charged with conspiring with members of al-Qaeda to kill US nationals and to attack US interests abroad. Bary alone is charged with murder; conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction; and other offences in connection with the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed 224 people.
  • Babar Ahmed and Talha Ahsan: accused of operating a jihadist website
Abu Hamza and fellow suspects face court in US
1 year ago

Abu Hamza and fellow suspects face court in US

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Radical cleric Abu Hamza has appeared in court in the US, having been extradited from the UK with four other terror suspects after a long legal battle.

 

He faces 11 charges in relating to hostage-taking, conspiracy to establish a militant training camp and calling for holy war in Afghanistan.

 

Hamza, who has no hands, came into court without his customary hook and spoke only to confirm court documents signed under his name.

 

He was then taken into custody, ahead of a plea hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

 

Alastair Leithead reports.

Should Abu Hamza be allowed to wear his prosthetic hook?
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Should Abu Hamza be allowed to wear his prosthetic hook?

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The Muslim cleric Abu Hamza made his first court appearance in New York on Sunday.

 

He was extradited from the UK last week to face terrorism charges.

The US authorities confiscated his hook, despite his lawyer saying he needed it to "function in a civilised manner".

 

Rob Hannion uses a similar prosthetic to Mr Hamza and told Radio 5 live's Stephen Nolan that he was shocked that he was not allowed to wear it.

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