Abu Hamza was in custody in New York today awaiting trial on charges of bombing two United States embassies in Africa.Read the full story ›
Abu Hamza appeared in a New York court on Saturday facing terror charges following his extradition from the UK, but the radical cleric did not enter a plea.
ITV News' Damon Green reports:
Abu Hamza appeared in a New York courtroom with his hook removed. The Telegraph is reporting that US officials ordered it to be removed for security purposes.
During the hearing his lawyers asked for the return of his prosthetics, saying they were essential for him to "function in a civilised manner".
US Attorney Preet Bharara said the extraditions of five terror suspects from the UK to the US were a "watershed moment in our nation's effort to eradicate terrorism"
As is charged, these are men who were at the nerve centres of al Qaida's acts of terror, and they caused blood to be shed, lives to be lost, and families to be shattered.
Hamza will be housed in Manhattan along with 50-year-old Khaled al-Fawwaz and 52-year-old Adel Abdul Bary, whilst 33-year Syed Talha Ahsan and 38-year-old Babar Ahmad will be held in Connecticut.
Abu Hamza appeared before a federal judge in New York today after being extradited to the US from the late last night. He appeared without the hook he uses for an arm.
He entered no plea to charges of conspiring to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon, and of helping to abduct 16 hostages in Yemen in 1998.
Abu Hamza appeared in a New York court today facing terror charges following his extradition from the UK, but the radical cleric did not enter a plea.
Hamza arrived in court without the hook he uses as a hand, and complained through his lawyer that he wanted it to be given back. The brief hearing ended without him entering a plea.
Two men extradited from Britain to the USA on terror charges have pleaded not guilty.
Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan appeared in a Connecticut court to federal charges of running websites to recruit for al Qaida in Chechnya and Afghanistan.
They were remanded in custody until their trial.
The Prime Minister has said he is "delighted" that Abu Hamza has been deported and, "will face justice."
David Cameron expressed his joy at Abu Hamza's extradition.
The Prime Minister said the Government must consider ways of stopping similar cases reoccurring:
I'm absolutely delighted that Abu Hamza is now out of this country.Like the rest of the public I'm sick to the back teeth of people who come here, threaten our country, who stay at vast expense to the taxpayer and we can't get rid of them.
I'm delighted on this occasion we've managed to send this person off to a country where he will face justice.
Now we should learn every lesson.How do we stop these people coming in? How do we get rid of them more quickly? How do we make sure they don't spend so long at taxpayers' expense?
I'm as frustrated as the rest of the country when these things happen.
I'm delighted that this man at least is on an airplane and on his way to face justice.
Home Secretary Theresa May said the Government were looking at ways to shorten the extradition process, after radical cleric Abu Hamza and four other suspects were flown to the US to face terror charges following a long legal battle.