(Radical Muslim cleric) Abu Hamza makes high court bid to avoid extradition
Source: The Guardian
Lawyers for terrorist suspects facing imminent extradition to the US, including the radical Islamist cleric Abu Hamza, are due in court to make last-ditch appeals against their removal.
Applications for injunctions halting the deportation of Abu Hamza, Babar Ahmed, Khaled al-Fawwaz and Adel Abdul Bary are listed for the Royal Courts of Justice. The court list does not mention the fifth suspect, Syed Talha Ahsan.
The men, who are all in custody, are not expected to appear in court. The applications follow an announcement by the director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, that he will not support a private criminal action against two of the men, Ahmad and Ahsan, thereby clearing away another legal obstacle to their deportation.
Hamza, who was jailed for seven years for soliciting to murder and inciting racial hatred, has been fighting extradition since 2004. Ahmad, a computer expert, has been held in a UK prison without trial for eight years after being accused of raising funds for terrorism through a website. Al Fawwaz and Bary are accused of being aides to Osama bin Laden. The claims will be heard before Sir John Thomas, president of the Queen's Bench Division, and Mr Justice Ouseley.
The appeal was supposed to be based on new evidence which affected earlier trials / hearings. They could take him down the road from where he's on remand, he's not at the court, and have a scan done this morning.