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(Mar 02, 2008) The Home Secretary of the United Kingdom has signed an extradition order to the United States for controversial Muslim Cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, where he is expected to face terrorism- related charges. Hamza al-Masri is currently in prison in the UK serving a seven-year term for inciting murder and preaching racial hatred. He had opposed the extradition order to the United States in the British courts, but this failed and the Home Secretary, in considering the cleric's objections to the extradition, determined that they were not sufficient to prevent his extradition. There is a 14-day period in which Hamza al-Masri may appeal against his extradition to the High Court, and there is the potential in the appeals process for the case to reach the European Court of Justice. (Home Office, Home Secretary Signs Abu Hamza Extradition Order, Feb. 8, 2008, available at

Author: Clare Feikert-Ahalt More by this author
Topic: Terrorism More on this topic
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 03/02/2008