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Monday 11 December 2017

Abu Hamza seeks new lawyers

Abu Hamza is appealing against his terror conviction
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.

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.

Press Association

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