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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Abu Hamza seeks new lawyers

Published 17/06/2014 | 21:22

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Abu Hamza is appealing against his terror conviction

A federal judge has granted London imam Abu Hamza's request to change lawyers for the sentencing and appeal against his terrorism conviction in New York.

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Manhattan Judge Katherine Forrest ruled today after questioning Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, also known as Abu Hamza .

Hamza says his relationship with his lawyers was polite and respectful but also unworkable. The lawyers agreed with their client at the hearing, saying there's been a communication breakdown that cannot be repaired.

He was convicted last month of supporting terrorist organisations, including during a 1998 kidnapping in Yemen. Four hostages were killed. He was extradited in 2012 from the UK.

Hamza had asked the judge for a swift change in lawyers. Judge Forrest says she will appoint new counsel as soon as lawyers with appropriate security clearances can be found.

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