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Radical cleric to be extradited "as quickly as possible"


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Radical cleric to be extradited "as quickly as possible"

Islamist cleric, Abu Hamza al-Masri will be extradited to the United States,“as quickly as possible” according to the Home Office.

That statement has come in response to a ruling by judges in the High Court in London who dismissed the cleric’s last-ditch legal attempt to remain in the UK.

The Egyptian-born 54-year-old is accused by Washington of supporting al Qaeda, aiding a kidnapping in Yemen and plotting to open a U.S. training camp for militants.

The radical preacher also praised the September 11 attacks in 2001.

The decision ends a long legal battle. Abu Hamza had launched this fresh appeal in the High Court last week after the European Court of Human Rights rejected an earlier bid to avoid being extradited. Four other suspects also lost their appeals against being sent to the U.S.

Abu Hamza was jailed in Britain for seven years and has been fighting extradition since 2004.

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