Radical London Cleric Will Face NY Terror Trial
'Hook' linked to 1998 Yemen attacks; preached martyrdom
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 7, 2008 5:47 PM CST
Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri speaks at a press conference, in London in this Jan. 20, 1999 file photo. Britain's Home Office said Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, Islamic preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri will be...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza, known to FBI agents as “hook” because of his metal hand, will be sent to New York to face terrorism charges, ABC News reports. British officials said today they plan to extradite within 28 days the former leader of a London mosque, who faces 100 years in prison for his involvement in a 1998 terror attack in Yemen.

Hamza is also charged with trying to start a jihad camp in Oregon, and might have recruited terrorists in his mosque. He “helped create an atmosphere in which to kill has become regarded by some as not only a legitimate course but a moral and religious duty,” said a British judge. US authorities have pursued Hamza’s extradition since his 2004 indictment.
 

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