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Charges faced by cleric Abu Hamza
Abu Hamza
The controversial cleric has always denied recruiting terrorists
Radical preacher Abu Hamza appeared at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in London in connection with an extradition request from the US.

He would face 11 charges in the US if extradition goes ahead.

These have been grouped by the UK's Crown Prosecution Service, which acts as an agent for the US in the UK courts, into the following nine offences under UK law.

All charges are within the jurisdiction of the United States:


1: Abu Hamza, between 23 December 1998 and 29 December 1998, conspired with others to take hostages in Yemen.

2: Abu Hamza, between 23 December 1998 and 29 December 1998, did aid, abet, counsel and procure Abu Hassan and others to commit the offence of hostage-taking in Yemen.

3: Abu Hamza, between 1 October 1999 and 30 April 2000, conspired with others to control and manage an association of persons in Bly, Oregon, who would be organised and trained, or organised and equipped for the purpose of enabling them to be employed for the use or display of physical force in promoting a political object, namely to make hijrah to, and to fight jihad in, Afghanistan.

4: Abu Hamza, between 1 October 1999 and 30 April 2000, conspired with others to control and manage an association of persons in Bly, Oregon, who would be organised and trained, or organised and equipped in such manner as to arouse reasonable apprehension that they were organised and either trained or equipped for the purpose of enabling them to be employed for the use or display of physical force in promoting a political object, namely to make hijrah to, and to fight jihad in, Afghanistan.

The Finsbury Park mosque

5: Abu Hamza, between 1 October 1999 and 30 April 2000, conspired with others to have with them firearms in Bly, Oregon, with intent to commit one or more indictable offences: Unlawful drilling; Prohibition of quasi-military organisations; Possession of explosives under suspicious circumstances; Enlistment in the service of a foreign state.

6: Abu Hamza, between 1 October 1999 and 30 April 2000, conspired with others to use or have possession of property, namely a training camp and equipment, intending that it shall be applied or used for the commission of, or in furtherance of or in connection with, acts of terrorism, namely the fighting of jihad in Afghanistan.

7: Abu Hamza, between 1 October 1999 and 31 December 1999, gave, lent or otherwise made available to another money, namely four thousand pounds, knowing or having reasonable cause to suspect that it would be applied or used for the commission of, or in furtherance of or in connection with, acts of terrorism, namely the fighting of jihad in Afghanistan.

John Ashcroft
US Attorney General outlined the charges to be brought by the US

8: Abu Hamza, between 1 June 2000 and 19 December 2001, conspired with others to give, lend or otherwise make available money including travel expenses for persons to attend Afghanistan, and other property including a letter of introduction to a high ranking member of the Taleban, knowing or having reasonable cause to suspect that it would be applied or used for the commission of, or in furtherance of or in connection with, acts of terrorism, namely attendance and terrorist activities at an al Qaeda terrorist training camp and elsewhere in Afghanistan involving the use and possession of light weaponry, machine guns, explosives, detonators, mines, anti-aircraft weapons and the planning of bombings, hostage taking and suicide bombing.

9: Abu Hamza, between 1 March and 30 April 2001, conspired with others to invite CC-2 to receive instruction and training in the use of firearms and explosives in Afghanistan.




SEE ALSO:
Profile: Abu Hamza
27 May 04 |  UK


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