Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Abu Hamza In High Court Extradition Challenge

Abu Hamza has launched a last-minute challenge in the High Court in a bid to prevent his extradition to the US.

A spokeswoman for the Judicial Office confirmed that the radical Muslim cleric and four other terror-suspects are "seeking injunctions preventing their removal from the UK".

She said: "A High Court judge has considered the applications on the papers and adjourned the cases to a hearing in open court.

"The judge has issued interim injunctions preventing their removal prior to those hearings. The judge has directed the hearings to be fixed urgently."

It is possible the case could be heard as early as Thursday. Hamza's lawyers have fought a successful campaign to fight his extradition for several years.

His grounds for appeal are not known as this stage, though they could be based on health grounds. Hamza has also claimed he would be treated unfairly if he were sent to the US.

The application comes after the European Court of Human Rights rejected a similar attempt by the cleric and four other suspects to prevent their extradition. Read More