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  • Abu Hamza Was 'Committed To War' - Prosecutor
    Abu Hamza Was 'Committed To War' - Prosecutor 14 hours ago

    Abu Hamza, an Islamic preacher on terror trial in New York, "was committed to war" and "hid behind religion", prosecutors have said. "Abu Hamza was not just a preacher of religion," Mr Kim said. The Egyptian-born Hamza, who was indicted under the name Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, denies wrongdoing. More »

  • Radical cleric promoted jihad from London mosque, U.S. jury told
    Radical cleric promoted jihad from London mosque, U.S. jury told Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - From his perch as a prominent imam at a north London mosque, Abu Hamza al-Masri sent devoted followers around the world - from Oregon to Afghanistan - to pursue violent jihad against non-believers, a federal prosecutor told jurors in New York on Thursday. "His goal was clear, it was simple, and it was vicious," Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Kim said in Manhattan federal court at the start of Abu Hamza's trial on terrorism-related charges. "Abu Hamza was not just a preacher of religion, he was a trainer of terrorists." Prosecutors accuse the one-eyed, handless cleric with trying to set up a jihadist training camp in Oregon; But Joshua Dratel, Abu Hamza's attorney, told jurors that while Abu Hamza may have been guilty of using inflammatory rhetoric, he had never participated in criminal activity. More »

  • US tells jury London imam pursued global terror
    US tells jury London imam pursued global terror Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Egyptian imam of a London mosque used his influential position in the late 1990s to train and aid terrorists and used the cover of his religion to hide in plain sight, a prosecutor told jurors in his opening statement Thursday before a defense attorney promised that the defendant will explain himself during the trial. More »

  • US tells jury Egyptian imam pursued global terror
    US tells jury Egyptian imam pursued global terror Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The imam of a London mosque used his influential position in the late 1990s to train and aid terrorists and used the cover of his religion to hide in plain sight, a prosecutor told jurors in his opening statement Thursday before a defense attorney promised that the defendant will explain himself during the trial. More »

  • Friday's National Newspaper Front Pages
    Friday's National Newspaper Front Pages Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Abu Hamza, foreign doctors lacking the skills to work in the NHS and Peaches Geldof all feature on the front of Friday's papers. The Daily Telegraph and The Times lead on the foreign doctors story, while the Express has revelations about Abu Hamza from a courtroom in New York. The Daily Star says Peaches Geldof will have her ashes scattered at the same spot as her mum. Elsewhere, both The Independent and its sister paper i claim new City minister Andrea Leadsom used controversial trusts to lessen her tax obligations. More »

  • Briton 'global exporter of terrorism' NY trial hears
    Briton 'global exporter of terrorism' NY trial hears Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    British hate preacher Abu Hamza was a "global exporter" of violence and terrorism intent on waging war against non-Muslims, prosecutors said Thursday as the Egyptian-born cleric's trial opened in New York. More »

  • Openings begin in US trial of Egyptian preacher
    Openings begin in US trial of Egyptian preacher Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The imam of a London mosque used his influential position in the late 1990s to train and aid terrorists and used the cover of his religion to hide in plain sight, a prosecutor told jurors in his opening statement Thursday before a defense attorney promised that the defendant will explain himself during the trial. More »

  • Trial of Abu Hamza begins in New York
    Trial of Abu Hamza begins in New York Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Prosecutors say Hamza helped fighters attend al-Qaeda camps but his defence lawyers say he never targeted Americans. More »

  • Lawyers Outline Terror Case Against Abu Hamza as Finsbury Park Muslim Cleric's …
    Lawyers Outline Terror Case Against Abu Hamza as Finsbury Park Muslim Cleric's … Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza has finally faced terrorism charges in America after a lengthy 8-year extradition battle from the UK in 2012.  The radical Islamic cleric was in court to hear prosecutors set out 11 terrorism charges against him. Hamza, 56, has indicated he intends to testify in his defence and talk about the 9/11 attacks by Al Qaida on New York's Twin Towers, against the advice of his lawyers. Prosecutors seeking to convict the preacher who used to pack out Finsbury Park Mosque with firebrand sermons, intend to present evidence of recordings where Hamza hails terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden and condemns homosexuals and other religions. More »

  • Ex-bin Laden ally turns key witness in U.S. terrorism cases
    Ex-bin Laden ally turns key witness in U.S. terrorism cases Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    By Mark Hosenball and Joseph Ax WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A British shoe bomb-plotter-turned-government informant, who once conspired with Osama bin Laden, has become a key witness for U.S. prosecutors seeking to give American juries a taste of life inside al Qaeda, court documents, U.S. and British officials and lawyers say. Saajid Badat, 33, has already testified via video link at the trials in New York of two alleged al Qaeda militants, and he is scheduled to give testimony at the trial of Abu Hamza al Masri, a fiery, one-eyed Egyptian preacher with hooks for hands whose terrorism case began this week. Defence lawyers faced with countering his damaging testimony accuse prosecutors of trying to have their cake and eat it too. The government is using Badat as a witness in U.S. courts, they say, in violation of an agreement with British authorities that he would testify "in the United States" - where he could be confronted by defence lawyers during cross-examination - while leaving the indictment against him in place indefinitely. More »

  • May given deadline over extradition
    May given deadline over extradition Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The Home Secretary has been given a Friday 13th deadline to seek assurances from the US authorities over how a UK terror suspect will be treated if he is extradited to America for trial. More »

  • Handless cleric's own words to be used against him in U.S. trial
    Handless cleric's own words to be used against him in U.S. trial Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Prosecutors can use radical preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri's own inflammatory words against him during his trial in New York on terrorism-related charges, including praise for Osama bin Laden and for the September 11, 2001, attacks, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. The decision came two days before opening statements are scheduled to take place in Manhattan federal court. Lawyers for Abu Hamza had argued that video and audio recordings of Abu Hamza justifying violence against non-Muslims would unfairly taint the jurors' emotions, making it impossible for him to have a fair verdict. But U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest said most of the tapes can be played for the jury to show Abu Hamza's state of mind and his willingness to provide aid to militant organizations. More »

  • Syria's conflict raises Turkey tension
    Syria's conflict raises Turkey tension Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    As Syria's civil war escalates along the Turkish border, many in Turkey are questioning the country's involvement. More »

  • Jury selected for U.S. trial of one-eyed, handless Islamic cleric
    Jury selected for U.S. trial of one-eyed, handless Islamic cleric Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Eight men and four women will decide the fate of Egyptian-born radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri at his trial on charges of assisting in a 1998 kidnapping in Yemen and plotting to establish a training camp for militants in the United States. The 55-year-old imam, who is using his birth name, Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, during the trial in federal court in New York, faces life in prison if convicted of the most serious charges against him. He was extradited from Britain in 2012 after spending several years in jail on charges of inciting his followers to kill non-believers. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest and lawyers for both the government and Abu Hamza settled on a jury of 12 and four alternates after several hours of questions intended to expose potential bias. More »

  • Jury chosen for US terror trial of Egyptian imam
    Jury chosen for US terror trial of Egyptian imam Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A jury was chosen Monday for the federal trial of an Egyptian Islamic preacher extradited from Great Britain on charges he conspired to support al-Qaida, setting the stage for the second major terrorism trial in Manhattan in two months. More »

  • Jury selection starts in US trial of Egyptian imam
    Jury selection starts in US trial of Egyptian imam Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jury selection began Monday in the federal trial of an Egyptian Islamic preacher extradited from Great Britain on charges he conspired to support al-Qaida, in part by trying to create a training camp in Oregon 15 years ago. More »

  • British radical's trial opens in US
    British radical's trial opens in US Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Jury selection began Monday in the US trial of British hate preacher Abu Hamza, who faces life behind bars if found guilty on kidnapping and terror charges that predate the September 11 attacks. More »

  • Jury to be picked in US trial of Egyptian preacher
    Jury to be picked in US trial of Egyptian preacher Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of a disabled Egyptian Islamic preacher extradited from Great Britain on charges he conspired to support al-Qaida, in part by trying to create a training camp in Oregon 15 years ago. More »

  • Abu Hamza Trial To Begin In New York Court
    Abu Hamza Trial To Begin In New York Court Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Abu Hamza, a radical Islamic preacher extradited from the UK, is to go on trial in New York on charges he conspired to support al Qaeda. The case opens later at a Manhattan federal court with jury selection, before US District Judge Katherine Forrest. The Egyptian-born Hamza, who was indicted under the name Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, denies wrongdoing and plans to testify during the trial. Hamza faces charges related to the taking of hostages in Yemen in 1998, supporting al Qaeda and advocating jihad in Afghanistan. More »

  • British hate preacher goes on trial in New York
    British hate preacher goes on trial in New York Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    British hate preacher Abu Hamza goes on trial in New York on Monday, facing the rest of his life behind bars if found guilty on kidnapping and terror charges that predate the 9/11 attacks. More »

  • Abu Hamza faces US terror trial
    Abu Hamza faces US terror trial Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    The trial of Abu Hamza, the radical Muslim cleric who was extradited from the UK to America in 2012, is expected to begin in New York today. More »

  • Jury to be picked in NY trial of Egyptian preacher
    Jury to be picked in NY trial of Egyptian preacher Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jury selection is to begin in the trial of a disabled Egyptian Islamic preacher extradited from Great Britain on charges he conspired to support al-Qaida, in part by trying to create a training camp in Oregon 15 years ago. More »

  • Paxman talks pogonophobia on stage
    Paxman talks pogonophobia on stage Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman has promised to investigate " pogonophobia, underpants and the human condition" in a new one-man stage show. More »

  • Militant Islamic cleric faces U.S. trial on terrorism charges
    Militant Islamic cleric faces U.S. trial on terrorism charges Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors will aim for a second high-profile terrorism conviction in weeks when a one-eyed, handless Islamic cleric known for fiery speeches goes on trial on Monday on charges that he provided support for al Qaeda in Afghanistan. The government has also accused Abu Hamza al-Masri of conspiring in a 1998 kidnapping of tourists in Yemen that resulted in the deaths of three Britons and an Australian, and trying to set up a training camp in Oregon. The trial, which is expected to last about a month, comes less than three weeks after a jury in the same New York courthouse convicted Suleiman Abu Ghaith, one of Osama bin Laden's sons-in-law, of terrorism-related charges. The Abu Ghaith verdict prompted a visit by Attorney General Eric Holder to New York, where he told reporters the case should help end the debate over whether militants should be tried as criminal defendants in civilian court or as combatants in military tribunals. More »

  • Belmarsh Prison's Most Notorious Inmates
    Belmarsh Prison's Most Notorious Inmates Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    With its high brick walls and razor wire fences, Belmarsh prison houses Britain's most dangerous criminals, from murderers to terrorists to armed robbers. Opened in southeast London in 1991, the prison has been described as one of the most important in the country. Despite the prestige, Belmarsh was criticised by the Ministry of Justice for not allowing prisoners enough time out of their cells. Ronnie Biggs - Ronald Arthur "Ronnie" Biggs was one of the Great Train Robbers and lived as a fugitive for 36 years, mainly in Brazil, after he escaped from Wandsworth prison in 1965.  More »

  • Where is the British sense of fairness?
    Where is the British sense of fairness? Sun, Mar 9, 2014

    The Muslim community in the UK continues to be scapegoated for crimes committed by a few. More »

  • Knox, Assange, Hamza, Polanski: Most Controversial Extradition Cases
    Knox, Assange, Hamza, Polanski: Most Controversial Extradition Cases Fri, Jan 31, 2014

    Amanda Knox could remain in the US for the rest of her life if she escapes extradition to Italy after a court in Rome found her and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito guilty of the murder of Meredith Kercher at a retrial. If her appeal against extradition fails, Barack Obama's administration will have no choice but to deport Knox to Italy. She is currently waiting to see if the US accepts her sentence of 28 years and six months, as given by Italy's Supreme Court. This week also saw Shrien Dewani, who is accused of ordering the execution of his new wife Anni Dewani in South Africa in 2010, lose a bid at the London High Court to block his extradition. More »

  • Lee Rigby Killer Adebolajo Lodges Appeal
    Lee Rigby Killer Adebolajo Lodges Appeal Thu, Jan 30, 2014

    Michael Adebolajo, one of two men found guilty of murdering off-duty soldier Lee Rigby, is appealing his conviction. The 29-year-old's decision follows his conviction along with co-defendant Michael Adebowale, 22, last month. Adebolajo's brother, Jeremiah, told Sky News he knew of the application but did not want to comment on the details. The British Muslim converts ran Fusilier Rigby down in a car before hacking him to death with a meat cleaver and knives in a frenzied attack. More »

  • Insight - A London jihadist's Kenyan connection
    Insight - A London jihadist's Kenyan connection Thu, Dec 19, 2013

    By Michael Holden, Costas Pitas and Drazen Jorgic LONDON/MOMBASA (Reuters) - Like many teenage boys growing up in football-obsessed Britain, Michael Adebolajo enjoyed kicking a ball around the school yard. Those who knew him then say he was just a regular lad: not the next David Beckham, nor bottom of the class. On Thursday Adebolajo, a 29-year-old convert to Islam, and a second man, 22-year-old Michael Adebowale, were convicted of murdering off-duty soldier Lee Rigby in daylight on a street in Woolwich, southeast London, in May. Their guilt had hardly been in doubt. One of them happens to be British military and, unfortunately, the war continues to this day." Adebolajo, a father of six, described in a police interview played to the court how he hacked at the soldier's neck after he and Adebowale ran the soldier over in their car. More »

  • 'Lee Rigby was killed because he was the soldier who was spotted first': Warped …
    'Lee Rigby was killed because he was the soldier who was spotted first': Warped … Thu, Dec 19, 2013

    The fanatical killer gave surreal police interviews in the days after the killing which showed his arrogance and warped interpretation of Islam More »

  • Black Britons confront 'radical Islam'
    Black Britons confront 'radical Islam' Wed, Dec 18, 2013

    Islam is quickly emerging as the religion of choice for young black people in the UK. More »

  • The Muslim Brotherhood has Set Up Home in London - and Britain Should Bewar …
    The Muslim Brotherhood has Set Up Home in London - and Britain Should Bewar … Tue, Dec 17, 2013

    The Muslim Brotherhood (MB), kicked out of power in Egypt five months ago, has been undergoing one of the toughest periods in its 85-year history. The grandfather of all Islamist groups may be down, but the West counts it out at its own peril. A second new locus of operation is Turkey which has already played host to two Brotherhood summits, and served as a launch pad for the pan-Islamist group's political return to Syria. But the Brotherhood's third choice for its new address should also come as no surprise: it is London. More »

  • Two Britons plead guilty to U.S. terrorism-related charges
    Two Britons plead guilty to U.S. terrorism-related charges Tue, Dec 10, 2013

    By Richard Weizel NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (Reuters) - Two British nationals who ran a website that U.S. authorities charged raised money and solicited equipment donations for al Qaeda and the Taliban pleaded guilty in a U.S. court on Tuesday to charges of providing material support for terrorists. The men, Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan, each said in U.S. District Court in New Haven, Connecticut, that he was guilty of two counts of providing support to terrorists for running the site, which raised funds for Muslim militants in Afghanistan and Chechnya. "By assisting Mr. Ahmad, Mr. Ahsan assisted the solicitation of, and conspired to provide, funds for the Taliban regime in Afghanistan," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Reynolds at the hearing where Ahsan changed his plea from not guilty. More »

  • Briton pleads guilty to terror-related charges in U.S. court Tue, Dec 10, 2013

    By Richard Weizel NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (Reuters) - A British national accused of operating a website that promoted jihad and supported al Qaeda pleaded guilty in a U.S. court on Tuesday to charges of providing material support for terrorists and an associate was due to appear later in the day. The first man, Babar Ahmad, said in U.S. District Court in New Haven, Connecticut, that he was guilty of two counts of providing support to terrorists but did not plead guilty to two additional charges that also included conspiracy to injure the property of a foreign government and money laundering. U.S. prosecutors said that Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan ran a website that raised funds for Muslim militants in Afghanistan and Chechnya. More »

  • Man who tried to behead UK soldier says he loves Al-Qaeda
    Man who tried to behead UK soldier says he loves Al-Qaeda Mon, Dec 9, 2013

    A man accused of the gruesome murder of a British soldier told his trial on Monday that he loves Al-Qaeda and considers the Islamic militants to be his "brothers". More »