Abu Hamza's son stripped of UK passport

Jamie Grierson
Sufiyan Mustafa is the son of Abu Hamza, pictured. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA

The son of the radical cleric Abu Hamza has been stripped of his UK passport after he travelled to Syria to fight against Bashar al-Assad’s forces, according to reports.

Sufiyan Mustafa, 22, whose father is in jail in the US after being convicted of a series of terrorism charges, told the Arabic newspaper al-Quds of his surprise at his passport being revoked, according to the Telegraph.

Mustafa is understood to be fighting alongside rebel units after fleeing Britain in 2013 following the extradition of his father to America to stand trial.

He denies fighting with Islamic State or with forces loyal to al-Qaida, although it is unclear for which rebel group Mustafa is fighting.

Mustafa told the Arabic newspaper he would return to Britain when Assad’s regime has fallen and the fighting has stopped.

He reportedly said: “Britain is the place where I was born and lived. I have never been a threat to national security in Britain and will not commit aggression on its population because our religion does not allow attacks on unarmed innocents.”

Last month, Mustafa appeared in a propaganda video in which he denounced both Assad and Isis.

Hamza, former imam of the Finsbury Park mosque in north London has been serving his sentence in solitary confinement at a high security prison in Florence, Colorado.