Hamza bid to avoid extradition

Radical cleric Abu Hamza has launched a last-minute High Court challenge to try and avoid extradition to the United States.

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Who is Abu Hamza?

  • The 53-year-old was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and was granted British citizenship in 1986.
  • In February 2006, he was jailed in the UK for seven years for soliciting murder and inciting racial hatred.
  • He is wanted in America on 11 charges related to taking 16 hostages in Yemen in 1998, promoting violent jihad in Afghanistan in 2001 and conspiring to set up a jihad training camp in Oregon, America.
  • The American authorities have described him as a "terrorist facilitator with a global reach".

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