– Judicial Office
A High Court judge has considered the applications on the papers and adjourned the cases to a hearing in open court. The judge has issued interim injunctions preventing their removal prior to those hearings. The judge has direct the hearings be fixed urgently.
– Home Office spokeswoman
The European Court of Human Rights ruled there was no bar to the extradition of these men.
We will continue working to ensure they are handed over to the US authorities as soon as possible.
A second terror suspect, Khaled Al-Fawwaz, has also mounted a legal challenge.
Radical cleric Abu Hamza has launched a last-minute High Court challenge in a move to avoid extradition to the United States, it was confirmed
The United States is pleased with the finding of the European Court of Human Rights regarding defendants Babar Ahmad, Syed Ahsan, Mustafa Kamal Mustafa (Abu Hamza), Adel Bary and Khaled Al-Fawwaz.
We look forward to the court's decision becoming final and to the extradition of these defendants to stand trial in the United States.
– US embassy spokeswoman
With respect to defendant Haroon Rashid Aswat, US officials will consult with the United Kingdom's Home Office about the additional submission requested.
Claire Ovey, spokeswoman for the European Court of Human Rights, said Abu Hamza and the four other men set to be extradited to America have three months to appeal today's decision.
It will mean that Abu Hamza can now be extradited to the US, as his prison sentence in Britain comes to an end, to stand trial for alleged serious offences including supporting terror training camps in the United States.
– Yvette Cooper, shadow home secretary
Proper legal processes are important, but it remains a serious concern that this has taken so long, and it is important that remaining steps should be swiftly resolved.
The Home Secretary Theresa May has welcomed the decision by the European Court of Human Rights to allow the extradition of Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects. However, she told ITV News that it could take several months:
I welcome the long awaited decision by the European Court of Human Rights today. However, this basket of cases only goes to highlight the disarray of extradition and removals in the UK.
Babar Ahmad alone has waited eight years for a decision on his case. This delay is unacceptable.
– Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee
We need a system where the Home Secretary is given more discretion over individual cases, ensuring that the important security cases are fast tracked. I hope she will introduce this when she reviews legislation in the summer.
Lord Carlile, the former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, said the ruling by the European Court of Human Rights to allow the extradition of five British men to the US is "entirely sensible" but added it was "a shame" the decision had taken "so long" to happen.