Britain to try Hamza on 16 charges

Oct. 19, 2004 at 7:26 AM

LONDON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- British judges in London Tuesday ordered radical Muslim imam Abu Hamza to stand trial for soliciting murder and inciting racial hatred.

Hamza, 47, a former imam at a north London mosque, was read the charges at Belmarsh high security jail in London.

There were 10 charges of soliciting murder under the Offences Against the Person Act. Hamza was accused of soliciting others to murder non-believers, including Jews, at public meetings. He also faces four charges under the Public Order Act 1986 of "using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior with the intention of stirring up racial hatred."

A separate charge said Egyptian-born Hamza was in possession of eight video and audio recordings, which he intended to distribute to stir up racial hatred, and the final charge relates to the alleged possession of a document containing information "of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism," Sky News reported

Since Hamza was arrested in May, the United States has shown interest in extraditing him, but that will have to wait until after his trial in Britain, the report said.

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