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Abu Hamza appears in a US court

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Abu Hamza appears in a US court


Islamist cleric Abu Hamza al Masri and four other terror suspects have appeared in court in the US.
The five were extradited from the UK on Friday night after a lengthy legal battle to remain in Britain.

Abu Hamza who has no hands appeared briefly in a New York court without his customary hook, ahead of a plea hearing next week.

The 54-year-old radical preacher faces 11 charges in the US relating to hostage taking, conspiracy to establish a militant training camp in Oregon and calling for a holy war in Afghanistan.

Earlier, two of the other suspects pleaded not guilty to using a website to support terrorism, before a court in Connecticut.The remaining two have also denied a charge of being aides to the late al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

Much of the media focus has been on Abu Hamza, whom the US has been trying to extradite since 2004. Under British extradition law, all the suspects must be tried in civilian courts and US prosecutors cannot seek the death penalty.

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