Police in Britain have charged radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri with 16 offences including inciting the murder of non-Muslims.
The cleric, who is wanted by the United States, has been in prison at the top security Belmarsh jail since May on extradition charges – a hearing was due to start today, but this has been postponed as the British case takes precedence. Egyptian-born Hamza moved to England in the late 1970s. A procedure is currently underway to strip him of his British nationality which he gained in 1981. After being banned from preaching inside his Finsbury Park mosque in north London last year, the imam continued doing so outside. The charges against him have set the stage for one of the most high-profile cases since the September 11th attacks and come as a blow to the US which has been fighting for months for the right to try him.