European Court Rules Britain Can Extradite Terror Suspects to US

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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The European Court of Human Rights has ruled Britain can extradite radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects to the United States.

The court ruled Tuesday that neither the conditions at a U.S. prison where they might be held nor the length of sentences they face violated European law prohibiting inhuman or degrading treatment.

The suspects can appeal the decision and the court said they should not be extradited until the judgment becomes final.

Egyptian-born Abu Hamza is serving a seven-year sentence in Britain for inciting his followers to attack non-Muslims.

He is wanted in the United States on a group of charges, including establishing an al-Qaida-style training camp in the northwestern state of Oregon. A federal grand jury also charged him with providing support to terrorists, conspiracy to supply goods and services to the Taliban and taking hostages in Yemen.

Hamza is the former imam of the Finsbury Park mosque which he transformed in the 1990s into the heart of Islamic radicalization in Britain.