Monday, July 9, 2012

Radical cleric Abu Hamza has lodged an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights against his extradition from the UK to the US on terror charges.

The appeal 24 hours before the deadline expired now further delays the case.

It means the London-based cleric, who is 54 and in extradition custody, cannot be removed until a panel decides if the court's Grand Chamber should hear new submissions from his lawyers.

The charges on the indictment include hostage-taking in Yemen in 1998.

Four other extradition cases covered by a judgement which is being challenged, including that of terror suspect Babar Ahmad, are thought to be on hold for between six and eight weeks, the BBC's home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw says on Twitter.

That is the period expected for the panel to decide whether to hear the appeal.

Mr Ahmad, 37, who is suspected by the US of supporting and fundraising for terrorism, has been in custody in the UK without facing trial since August 2004.

The other cases involve Mr Ahmad's co-accused Syed Talha Ahsan, and Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled al-Fawwaz, who are accused of being key aides to Osama bin Laden in London. Read More