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September 24, 2021

Abu Hamza: High Court judge halts extradition to the US

A High Court judge has halted the extradition of Abu Hamza al-Masri to the US on terror charges after the cleric launched a last-ditch appeal, the BBC informs.An injunction temporarily stops the removal of the radical cleric and another suspect from the UK and is the latest move in a long legal battle. The European Court of Human Rights had earlier rejected attempts to block them being sent for trial in the US.Abu Hamza said he would face inhumane treatment if handed over.The Judicial Office confirmed Abu Hamza and Khaled Al-Fawwaz were “seeking injunctions preventing their removal from the UK” but did not disclose the grounds for their appeals.A spokesperson 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 be fixed urgently.”Legal sources have told the BBC that Mr Al-Fawwaz had new evidence to support his case against extradition. He is said to have been delisted as a terrorist by the US authorities and the home secretary has been invited to reconsider her decision to approve his extradition.BBC News home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani says the defendants would need to prove to a judge that there is “some new and compelling factor” that has not been already considered by previous courts.A Home Office spokesman said: “The European Court of Human Rights ruled there was no bar to the extradition of these men. “We will continue working to ensure they’re handed over to the US authorities as soon as possible”.

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