Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Muslim hate preacher Abu Hamza to be booted out of Britain within days after final appeal against extradition fails

(Daily Mail) Britain is only days away from getting rid of Abu Hamza after the hook-handed cleric lost his final appeal against extradition.

The ruling by the European Court of Human Rights brings an end to a legal saga which has lasted eight years and cost the taxpayer more than £1million.

Delighted Home Secretary Theresa May wants Hamza – viewed as one of the world’s most dangerous preachers of hate – to now be put on a plane to America ‘as soon as possible’.

In previous cases, suspects have been booted out within two weeks of losing their last appeal.

Hamza, who earned global notoriety for his fanatical sermons outside the Finsbury Park mosque in North London, is wanted by the US authorities for plotting to set up a jihadi training camp in the state of Oregon.

He and four other alleged terrorists had complained that jail terms of up to 50 years in the US without parole breached their right to be protected from ‘inhuman or degrading treatment’.

In April, the European Court of Human Rights – after two years of hugely expensive deliberation – rejected this argument. But the men were allowed to make a final plea for the grand chamber of the Strasbourg court to re-open the case. Last night, judges also threw this out. There are now no more legal steps they can take in Europe to halt extradition.

They can expect to be placed in immediate custody as soon as they set foot on American soil.

The verdict is a relief to the Government, which had feared that the judges would block extradition altogether, forcing it to release Hamza back on to the streets.

Hamza is also accused by the US of conspiring to take Western hostages in the Yemen and funding terrorism.

Also facing extradition are Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan, who are accused of conspiracy to commit terrorist atrocities overseas and supporting terrorist groups, and Khalid al-Fawwaz, who is considered one of the US’s most wanted terrorists suspects.

Al-Fawwaz, allegedly a close associate of Osama bin Laden, was arrested in connection with bomb attacks on two US embassies in east Africa which killed more than 260 people in 1998.

The fifth man who can be removed, Adel Abdul Bary, is also wanted in connection with the embassy bombings and has been in prison for 13 years.

The total bill for extraditing the men is estimated to be more than £4million.