– SIR JOHN THOMAS, PRESIDENT OF THE QUEEN'S BENCH DIVISION
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.
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.