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United Kingdom: Court Approves Extradition of Muslim Cleric

(Dec. 2, 2007) Abu Hamza al-Masri is currently serving a seven-year term in the United Kingdom on terror-related charges. Known as a radical Muslim cleric, he was convicted of urging his followers to kill Jews and other non-Muslims. He now faces charges in the United States for attempting to establish terrorist training camps in Oregon, conspiring to take hostages in Yemen, and helping train terrorists in Afghanistan. City of Westminster Magistrates Court in London has now approved in theory his extradition to the United States; this decision means that that Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, could decide to permit the extradition.

The United States initialing requested al-Masri's extradition in February 2006, but the hearings were not held due to the appeal of the UK conviction; the request was renewed in 2007. (Gabriel Haboubi, UK Court Approves Extradition of Jailed Muslim Cleric to US for Terror Charges, JURIST PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST, Nov. 15, 2007, available at