US prosecutors wants Abu Hamza jailed for life

Abu Hamza was convicted on terror charges in the US after a protracted extradition battle. Credit: Johnny Green/PA

US prosecutors have urged a federal judge to sentence radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to life in prison following his conviction on terrorism charges in May 2014.

In a court filing ahead of his sentencing on 9th January prosecutors said Abu Hamza should be held accountable for his role as a "global terrorist leader who orchestrated plots around the world to further his deadly mission."

But Abu Hamza's lawyers argued that he should be sent to a prison medical centre because he is too disabled to spend life behind bars.

Last year Hamza was convicted of 11 terror and kidnapping charges, including a charge that he helped kidnappers in Yemen in a 1998 attack that killed four people.