UK is to extradite Muslim suspects to the US

25 September 2012

 

After a long legal battle the UK is finally preparing to extradite five Muslims who are deemed to be extremists by the British authorities, including Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri and Babar Ahmad, to the United States.  The Grand Chamber of The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that they can be sent to the United States to face terrorism charges.

 

Abu Hamza is currently serving a seven-year prison term in Britain for inciting hatred and he is wanted in the US for planning a terror training camp in the US and assisting hostage-taking in Yemen. The other suspects, Babar Ahmad, Syed Talha Ahsan, Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled al-Fawwaz are also facing similar charges.

 

Meantime, it has been revealed that the Queen herself lobbied for arrest of Abu Hamza. In an interview, BBC’s security correspondent Frank Gardner said the Queen told him she was appalled that Abu Hamza could not be arrested while he regularly delivered anti-British speeches as imam of Finsbury Park mosque in north London.

 

Gardner said: “She spoke to the home secretary at the time and said, surely this man must have broken some laws. Why is he still at large? He was conducting these radical activities and he called Britain a toilet. He was incredibly anti-British and yet he was sucking up money from this country for a long time. He was a huge embarrassment to Muslims, who condemned him.”

 

The Grand Chamber is to decide the fate of five Muslim men Facing Extradition to the US

3 July 2012

Five Muslim men, Khalid al-Fawwaz, Adel Abdul-Bary, Abu Hamza al-Misri, Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan have reached to the final stage of their legal battle over their extradition to the US wherein they are thought to spend the rest of their lives in solitary confinement in a Supermax prison.

Cage Prisoners have been campaigning for the men as they have lost their case in Britain and European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). If their appeal is turned down by the Grand Chamber of ECtHR they then will be extradited to the US due to US-UK extradition treaty. The case is a very high profile in the UK and the media is waiting the decision impatiently.