I have no faith Holder’s DOJ will handle this case properly, the extradition request was issued during the Bush administration.
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain extradited Islamist cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to the United States on Friday to face terrorism charges after the one-eyed radical preacher finally failed in his eight-year battle to avoid deportation.
The Egyptian-born Abu Hamza is accused by Washington of supporting al-Qaida, aiding a kidnapping in Yemen and plotting to open a training camp for militants in the United States.
The 54-year-old cleric, jailed in Britain for inciting followers to kill non-believers, also achieved notoriety for praising the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States and running a mosque in north London that Britain said was a hotbed of Islamist radicalism.
He was taken from a high-security prison in central England in a convoy guarded by large numbers of police to a US airbase where he was handed over to US officials and put on a plane to the United States.
Four other terrorism suspects also lost their appeals against extradition and were put on two US civilian jets provided by US authorities to fly the suspects to the United States.
“They’re gone,” said a spokesman for London Police, which handles British extradition cases.
“We ensured plans were in place so these men could be handed over within hours of the court’s decision.”
The United States had sought Abu Hamza as well as Khalid al-Fawwaz, Adel Abdul Bary, Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan to face prosecution in US courts on terrorism charges.
“These individuals are being transferred to the United States,” the US Embassy said in a statement after the ruling. “These extraditions mark the end of a lengthy process of litigation through the UK courts and the ECHR.”
According to the BBC, Hamza will be held at the Metropolitan Correction Center in New York.