Britain Halts Hamza Extradition

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A British court has halted the extradition of accused terrorist Abu Hamza to the United States, after the radical Muslim cleric filed an appeal.

The court made its ruling Wednesday, but did not set a date to hear the appeal.

Hamza, the former imam of a north London mosque, was jailed in Britain in 2006 for recruiting young Muslims to take up the cause of holy war against nonbelievers. He is accused in the United States of helping set up a terrorist-training camp in the northwestern U.S. state of Oregon, as well as helping al Qaida and aiding a kidnapping in Yemen.

The court issued its ruling two days after the European Court of Human Rights ruled Hamza and four other suspects could be extradited.

The Egyptian-born Hamza says he fears inhumane treatment if he is sent to prison in the United States. A second suspect, Khaled Al-Fawwaz, has also lodged an appeal.