U.S. may be involved in Rabia death

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- There are conflicting accounts over the possible U.S. role in the explosion that killed an al-Qaida leader in Pakistan.

Top al-Qaida member dead in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Pakistan said the operational leader of al-Qaida was killed near the Afghan border along with four other men although details of the operation were not clear. Information Minister Sheikh Rashid confirmed the death of Abu Hamza Rabia, an Egyptian-born man

Yemen wants Britain to hand over extremist

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Yemen will renew demands for the extradition of Abu Hamza al-Masri, one of the most radical Islamic figures in Britain, who is wanted for terrorism.

Muslim leader says U.S. behind Sept. 11

MELBOURNE, July 25 (UPI) -- A Melbourne Islamic leader says most Muslims in Australia believe the United States authorized the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Worldwide manhunt on for bombing aide

LONDON, July 21 (UPI) -- British police have requested a worldwide manhunt for a former aide to a militant Islamic cleric who they believe had a role in the July 7 terror attacks.

London terror suspect has foot problems

LONDON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- An Islamic cleric jailed in London on terror charges refused to make a video court appearance Tuesday because his toenails are too long.

British cleric at terror trial by video

LONDON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Egyptian-born Islamic cleric Abu Hamza appeared by video link in London court Tuesday at his trial on 16 terror-related charges, Sky News reported. The 47-year-old who has no hands and just one eye formerly ran a north London mosque, where he was arrested

Britain to try Hamza on 16 charges

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.

Britain plans to charge Muslim cleric

LONDON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- A Muslim cleric wanted by the United States is to be tried in Britain first, the BBC reports.

Muslim cleric could face British charges

LONDON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A Muslim cleric charged in the United States with aiding terrorists may be prosecuted in Britain.

British arrest Abu Hamza on terror charges

LONDON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- British authorities re-arrested a radical Muslim cleric already facing extradition to the United States on terrorist charges.

Muslim cleric arrested in Britain

LONDON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, awaiting extradition to the United States, was arrested in Britain Thursday on suspicion of terrorism.

Jailed Muslims angry over pork on menu

LONDON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- British prison officials have issued a written apology to suspected Muslim terrorist Abu Hamza and others for offering pork as a prison dinner, The Sun reports.

Yemen seeks al-Qaida suspect from Britain

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Yemen said Sunday it is demanding the hand over of a suspected al-Qaida member recently arrested by British authorities.

Hamza extradition hearing delayed

LONDON, July 23 (UPI) -- An extradition hearing in London against Muslim cleric Abu Hamza was adjourned Friday because of the complexity of the case, Sky News reported.
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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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