Abu Hamza not guilty plea

Radical cleric Abu Hamza has pleaded not guilty in a New York court to charges he conspired to set up a terrorist training camp in the US, according to the Associated Press.

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US charges against Abu Hamza

Abu Hamza is en route to the USA, where he faces the following charges:

  • Conspiracy to take hostages in Yemen in 1998
  • Hostage-taking in Yemen in 1998
  • Conspiracy to provide and conceal material support and resources to terrorists in a Jihad training camp in Oregon
  • Two counts of providing and concealing material support and resources to terrorists in a Jihad training camp in Oregon
  • Conspiracy to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organisation
  • Conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim and injure persons in a foreign country
  • Conspiracy to provide and conceal material support and resources to terrorists in Afghanistan in 2000
  • Two counts of providing material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organisation in Afghanistan
  • Conspiracy to supply goods and services to the Taliban in Afghanistan in 1999

US releases Abu Hamzu indictment

The indictment against Abu Hamza Credit: www.intelwire.com

The US district court has released the indictment documents detailing the terror charges against Abu Hamza. The thirty-one page document is signed by United States Attorney Michael J. Garcia.

Count One of the indictment against Abu Hamza Credit: www.intelwire.com

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Abu Hamza escorted from prison en route to US

Police vehicles leave HMP Long Martin in Worcestershire Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

ITV News understands terror suspect Abu Hamza has left HMP Long Lartin and is en route to an airbase in the south of the UK, in preparation for his journey to the USA.

Police vehicles leave HMP Long Martin in Worcestershire Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Police vehicles leave HMP Long Martin in Worcestershire Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Abu Hamza extradition to the US underway

A cavalcade of police vehicles arrived at HMP Long Lartin, Worcestershire earlier this evening, where Abu Hamza and the four terror suspects who lost their last-ditch appeal against extradition to the US were being held.

ITV News understands that the five terror suspects have left prison and are en route to an airport in the south of the UK where they will be put on fighter jets and flown to America.

Abu Hamza expected in the US this weekend

Abu Hamza is expected to arrive in the United States this weekend. NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams says he will be taken to New York to face terror charges.

Under the US extradition agreement with the UK, British authorities insist they neither face the death penalty nor the prospect of being sent to Guantanamo Bay as terrorism detainees.

Hamza will be transferred from Long Lartin jail in Worcestershire Credit: Press Association

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Local MP: 'Big risk' in the US to plead not guilty

Shadow Justice Secretary, Sadiq Khan, is the MP for Tooting, where two of the men facing extradition - Babar Ahmad and Syed Ahsan - both live. He said:

The way criminal cases work in America means that defendants facing a trial are advised to plea-bargain. I predict that both my constituents will do the same as all the other British men extradited to the USA have done and plead guilty. It is a big risk pleading not guilty.

My understanding is that the consequences of this include the threat of life in solitary confinement without parole, should they lose a trial.

If those are the stakes which pleading not guilty involve, then it is no wonder that over 97% of defendants accept a plea bargain.

Father of terror suspect 'appalled' by the system

Today's High Court ruling means Abu Hamza and four other people face extradition to the US, they are Babar Ahmad, Syed Ahsan, Khaled Al-Fawwaz and Adel Abdul Bary.

Babar Ahmad has been in jail without trial since 2004 while fighting extradition and is accused of being involved in a website which encouraged terrorism. His father says he is "appalled" that the system has let him down.

United States 'pleased' with Abu Hamza ruling

The United States is pleased that the UK judicial authorities approved the extraditions of Abu Hamza al-Masri, Adel Abdul Bary, Khalid al-Fawwaz, Babar Ahmad, and Syed Talha Ahsan to the United States to face prosecution in U.S. courts on terrorism charges. These individuals are being transferred to the United States.

These extraditions mark the end of a lengthy process of litigation through the UK courts and the ECHR. The extradition request for Khalid al-Fawwaz was submitted in 1998. The request for Adel Abdul Bary was submitted in 1999. The extradition requests for Abu Hamza al-Masri and Babar Ahmad were submitted in 2004 and the request for Syed Talha Ahsan was submitted in 2006.

The US Government agrees with the ECHRs findings that the conditions of confinement in U.S. prisons - including in maximum security facilities - do not violate European standards. In fact, the Court found that services and activities provided in U.S. prisons surpass what is available in most European prisons. 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.

– US EMBASSY STATEMENT

Ahmad's father slams 'shameful' extradition

Babar Ahmad's father Ashfaq with Babar's brother-in-law, Fahad Ahmad outside court today. Credit: Press Association

The father of Babar Ahmad, the computer expert who lost his eight-year battle against extradition to the US today, said he was appalled at the decision to hand his son over to US authorities.

He said the decision would be remembered as a "shameful chapter in the history of Britain" and vowed to fight to clear his son's name. He said:

"After over 40 years of paying taxes in this country, I am appalled that the system has let me down in a manner more befitting of a third world country than one of the world's oldest democracies.

It seems that the Metropolitan Police, the CPS and even the court have all colluded to implement a pre-determined decision which was made in Washington.

We will never abandon our struggle for justice and the truth will eventually emerge of what will be forever remembered as a shameful chapter in the history of Britain."

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