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Abu Hamza Files Last-Ditch Bid to Stop Extradition to U.S.

September 26, 2012

Abu Hamza al-Masri, an Islamic cleric jailed for inciting murder and racial hatred, sought a U.K. injunction today to prevent his extradition to the U.S.

A judge reviewed the applications from him and a second man and blocked their extraditions pending an Oct. 2 hearing on their appeals, according to an e-mailed statement from the London court.

The Grand Chamber panel at the European Court of Human Rights rejected on Sept. 24 appeals by Abu Hamza and four other alleged terrorists to fight the court’s April decision allowing the U.K. to extradite him. He was indicted in the U.S. in 2004 and lost bids to block his extradition in British courts before turning to the European tribunal, claiming his human rights would be at risk if he were to be sent to the U.S.

The U.K. Home Office will work “to ensure they are handed over to the U.S. authorities as soon as possible,” it said in an e-mailed statement on Sept. 24.

The U.S. seeks to prosecute Abu Hamza on charges he supported the Taliban with money and troops, set up a terrorist training camp in Bly, Oregon, in 2000, and aided a kidnapping plot that left four hostages dead in Yemen in 1998.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jeremy Hodges in London at jhodges17@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Scinta at cscinta@bloomberg.net


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