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UK Extradicts Terrorist to U.S!

Interesting Article: "Abu Hamza US extradition backed by European Court" by Dominic Casciani / London published Wednesday, April 4th, 2012.


An interest article mentioned that the European Court of Human Rights has backed the extradition of Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects from the UK to the US. The Strasbourg court held there would be no violation of human rights for those facing life and solitary confinement in a "supermax" prison. Would you like to know more?


The court's decision is one of its most important since 9/11 because it approves of human rights in US maximum security prisons, making it easier for the UK to send suspects to its closest ally. The men have three months to try to persuade the Grand Chamber to reopen the entire case and examine it. If the men fail to launch an appeal, they will be extradited to the United States.

Egyptian-born Abu Hamza al-Masri, a one-eyed radical with a metal hook for a hand who praised the September 11, 2001 attacks, faces a sentence of over 100 years in high-security U.S. prisons if found guilty, a step he said would contravene his human rights. The case, pitting the rights of men suspected of grave crimes against the demands of the United States for justice, has electrified the British media, which vilified Hamza as "the hook-handed hate preacher" and agitated against hindrances to his extradition.

The Strasbourg court said U.S. authorities would however not allow Hamza, who sports a metal hook after losing his hands in unclear circumstances in Afghanistan, to serve his sentence in the Florence Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX) prison in Colorado because of his disabilities.

Hamza - real name Mustafa Kamal Mustafa - was indicted by a federal grand jury in new York in April 2004. He was accused of involvement in a 1998 hostage taking in Yemen which resulted in the deaths of four hostages - three Britons and one Australian.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, who visited President Barack Obama in Washington last month, said he was pleased with the decision but frustrated with the time it took to approve the extradition.

To the fury of many members of Cameron's Conservative party, Britain was forced to free another radical cleric, Abu Qatada, from prison in February to live under virtual house arrest after the European Court of Human Rights ruled his detention without trial was unlawful.

On another similar note, Al-Qaida warned Britain on Tuesday not to deport to Jordan a radical Islamist preacher considered a leading figure in the terror network. A statement from the organization posted on a militant website said Abu Qatada’s expulsion would open “an unnecessary door to evil that will harm (Britain) and its subjects.” Britain has been trying for years to deport the Palestinian-Jordanian Abu Qatada, whose real name is Omar Mahmoud Mohammed Othman. He has been described in both Spanish and British courts as a leading al-Qaida figure in Europe and a threat to national security.

References:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/10/us-britain-usa-extradition-idUSBRE8390UK20120410
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/al-qaida-warns-britain-against-deporting-radical-islamist-preacher-to-jordan/2012/04/10/gIQAzRf07S_story.html


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