There is an overwhelming public interest in the proper functioning of the extradition arrangements and the honouring of extradition treaties.
It is also in the interest of justice that those accused of very serious crimes, as each of these claimants is in these proceedings, are tried as quickly as possible as is consistent with the interests of justice.
It is unacceptable that extradition proceedings should take more than a relatively short time, to be measured in months not years. It is not just to anyone that proceedings such as these should last between 14 and eight years.
Abu Hamza was in custody in New York today awaiting trial on charges of bombing two United States embassies in Africa.
Radical cleric Abu Hamza has appeared in front of a New York court following his extradition from the UK. He did not enter a plea.
Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects have left prison and are on route to the US where they face terror charges.