Imam of London mosque convicted of terror charges in New York City

Imam of London mosque convicted of terror charges in New York City

NEW YORK, May 19 (UPI) --The imam of a London mosque faces life in a U.S. prison after being convicted Monday in New York on federal terrorism charges.
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Accused terrorist seeks change of prison

NEW YORK, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Lawyers for Muslim cleric Sheik Abu Hamza al-Masri, awaiting trial on terrorism charges in New York, asked a judge to move him to another prison.

Suspects in British soldier's machete killing plead not guilty

LONDON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Two men charged with killing British soldier Lee Rigby, who was attacked with machetes May 22 in South London, pleaded not guilty Friday, court officials said.

Attempt to extradite jihadist suspect Haroon Aswat to U.S. fails

STRASBOURG, France, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The European Court of Human Rights Wednesday denied an appeal of its ban on sending terror suspect Haroon Aswat to face pretrial detention in the United States.

Indictment against Islamist preacher accused of kidnapping left intact

NEW YORK, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A federal judge in New York has ruled that an Islamic preacher who allegedly helped kidnap U.S. citizens in Yemen must face all charges levied against him.

Suspect in hacking death of British soldier appears in court

LONDON, June 3 (UPI) -- Michael Adebolajo appeared in a London court for the first time Monday, nearly two weeks after he allegedly slashed to death a young British soldier.

France deports Moroccan accused of calling for 'acts of murder'

PARIS, May 21 (UPI) -- France is continuing a crackdown on suspected Islamic radicals with the expulsion of a 24-year-old Moroccan man who allegedly called for "acts of murder."

Hamza pleads not guilty in NYC

NEW YORK, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Abu Hamza, the radical Muslim cleric extradited from Britain after a lengthy court fight, pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges Tuesday in New York.
Terror suspects plead not guilty

Terror suspects plead not guilty

NEW YORK, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Babar Ahmed and Syed Talha Ahsan, who were extradited to the United States Friday, pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges in New Haven, Conn., Saturday.

Abu Hamza extradition halted

LONDON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- An English court halted the extradition of Abu Hamza al-Masri after the cleric offered a last-ditch appeal, a High Court spokesman said Wednesday.

Terror suspects to be extradited to U.S.

LONDON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Five terrorism suspects held in England will soon be extradited to the United States, officials say, after a court rejected their appeal to be tried in Europe.

In new move, Saudis deport Indian suspect

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia has extradited an Indian terror fugitive in what could mark a significant shift in Riyadh's counter-terrorism strategy.

Radical cleric's son guilty of robbery

NORWICH, England, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The son of a radical Islamic cleric fighting extradition from Britain was convicted Thursday of robbing a Norfolk jewelry store at gunpoint.
Jailed terrorist asks for freedom

Jailed terrorist asks for freedom

LONDON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A man stripped of his Egyptian passport and jailed in England for soliciting murder is asking to be freed saying he is "too sick" to be behind bars.
U.S. seeks extradition of radical cleric

U.S. seeks extradition of radical cleric

LONDON, May 12 (UPI) -- Lawyers for radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza want Britain's High Court to deny a request to extradite their client to the United States to face terror charges.
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Abu Hamza al-Masri (Arabic: أبو حمزة المصري, Abū Ḥamzah al-Maṣrī) (born 15 April 1958) is a former night club bouncer and Egyptian Sunni activist known for his preaching of a violent and politicised interpretation of Islam, also known as militant Islamism or jihadism. He is currently in prison in the United Kingdom.

Abu Hamza al-Masri was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1958. He is the son of a middle class army officer. In 1979, he entered the UK on a student visa. Masri's initial reaction to life in Britain was to describe it as "a paradise, where you could do anything you wanted.". He studied civil engineering at Brighton Polytechnic.

On 16 May 1980, he married Valerie Traverso (now Fleming), a Catholic convert to Islam, and had a son, Mohammed Mustafa Kamel whom Masri later separated from his mother when he was just four-years-old. She did not see him again for 12 years. He acquired British citizenship following three years of marriage and acquired a job as a bouncer for a peep show in Soho, London. In 1984, he divorced his wife. Supporters suggest that this occurred because he found out she had failed to divorce her previous husband until 1982. However, his former wife has blamed the divorce on Masri having an affair with a prostitute.

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