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Yemen seeks Abu Hamza's extradition

May 29, 2004 at 7:29 AM

SANAA, Yemen, May 29 (UPI) -- The Yemeni government said Saturday it will renew demands for the extradition from Britain of a Muslim cleric wanted by the United States on terror charges.

Interior Ministry Director-General Mohieddine al-Dabi said Yemen wants Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, also known as Abu Hamza al-Masri, to stand trial for his part in terrorist crimes committed during 1998 in Yemen.

"We will exert big efforts with the United States to have Abu Hamza al-Masri turned over to Yemen in case he was handed over by London to Washington," al-Dabi said.

Abu Hamza, the former imam of the Finsburgy Park mosque in London, was arrested by Scotland Yard Tuesday. He faces an 11-count indictment returned by a U.S. federal grand jury April 19.

The indictment charges Abu Hamza with hostage-taking and conspiracy to take hostages in connection with an attack in Yemen in December 1998 that resulted in the death of four hostages.

The cleric is also accused of providing material support to terrorists, specifically al-Qaida and the Taliban, for allegedly attempting to set up a terrorist training camp in Bly, Ore.

The United States is actively seeking Hamza's extradition from Britain. If convicted, the cleric could face death on each hostage taking charge.

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