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article imageAbu Hamza and Babar Ahmad to be extradited

By Layne Weiss     Sep 24, 2012 in World
London - The European Court of Human Rights has given its approval for the extradition of five terrorism suspects from the UK to the US. Among them are radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri and Babar Ahmad.
Hamza had tried to appeal his extradition, but the court's highest judges announced they would not reopen the case, BBC News reports.
Among the charges against him, Hamza is accused of trying to set up an Al-Qaeda training camp in Oregon, The AP reports.
He is also accused of assisting in 16 hostage takings in Yemen in 1998, BBC News reports.
According to The AP, he is serving a seven-year prison term in Britain for preaching and inciting hatred. Hamza is blind in one eye and wears hooks for both hands. He lost his eye and both hands fighting the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, The Telegraph reports.
Originally from Egypt, Hamza has claimed he has lost his Egyptian nationality, but Britain still considers him to be an Egyptian citizen.
Babar Ahmad and his accomplice, Syed Talha Ahsan are accused of running a jihadist website in London, which provided information and support for terrorists, BBC News reports.
The two other suspects, Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled al Fawwaz are suspected of being aides to Osama Bin Laden.
The US has wanted these men for years, and now there is no barrier in the way of their extraditions. They can now be extradited within weeks or even days.
According to The Telegraph, Hamza's extradition fight has been going on since 2004, but being charged with 15 terrorism offenses in the UK put that process on hold.
The suspects argued they would face "torture or inhuman or degrading punishment" in a United States prison, The AP reports.
Sunday night the Home Office pledged to remove the suspects "as quickly as possible," The Telegraph reports.
In Washington, Dean Boyd, spokesman for the National Security Division of the US Justice Department commented on the court's decision: "We are pleased that the litigation before the European Court of Human Rights in these cases has come to an end, and we will be working with the UK authorities on the arrangements to bring these subjects to the United States for prosecution."
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