Cleric Hamza Loses Bid to Stop Extradition to US

London: Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri last Wednesday lost a legal battle to block his extradition from Britain to the United States where he is accused of trying to set up an Al Qaeda camp in Bly, Oregon and faces other terrorism charges. Al-Masri also faces charges that he was involved in plotting the capture of 16 Western hostages in Yemen in 1998.
Lawyers for Al-Misri alleged that the US extradition request relied on evidence obtained by torture, terming the extradition “unjust and oppressive” because of the length of time since the dates to which the charges relate in 1999 and 2000. “The 2003 Extradition Act must be applied and our extradition commitments honored,” the Judge ruled.




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