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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US embassy 'pleased' with extradition decision

The United States is pleased with the finding of the European Court of Human Rights regarding defendants Babar Ahmad, Syed Ahsan, Mustafa Kamal Mustafa (Abu Hamza), Adel Bary and Khaled Al-Fawwaz.

We look forward to the court's decision becoming final and to the extradition of these defendants to stand trial in the United States.

With respect to defendant Haroon Rashid Aswat, US officials will consult with the United Kingdom's Home Office about the additional submission requested.

– US embassy spokeswoman


Shadow Home Secretary's 'concern' over length of Hamza's extradition

It will mean that Abu Hamza can now be extradited to the US, as his prison sentence in Britain comes to an end, to stand trial for alleged serious offences including supporting terror training camps in the United States.

Proper legal processes are important, but it remains a serious concern that this has taken so long, and it is important that remaining steps should be swiftly resolved.

– Yvette Cooper, shadow home secretary

Vaz wants changes in UK extradition system

I welcome the long awaited decision by the European Court of Human Rights today. However, this basket of cases only goes to highlight the disarray of extradition and removals in the UK.

Babar Ahmad alone has waited eight years for a decision on his case. This delay is unacceptable.

We need a system where the Home Secretary is given more discretion over individual cases, ensuring that the important security cases are fast tracked. I hope she will introduce this when she reviews legislation in the summer.

– Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee
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