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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Jailed cleric can keep UK passport

Lindsay Fortado

Abu Hamza al-Masri, an Islamic cleric jailed for inciting murder and racial hatred, can keep his British passport because without it he would be stateless, a British court ruled yesterday.

Hamza, who was born in Egypt and granted British citizenship in 1986, said he no longer had Egyptian citizenship, according to the judgment yesterday from a London immigration tribunal.

The cleric is currently being held at a British prison awaiting possible extradition to the US.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron is "disappointed, in one word" with the ruling, his spokeswoman, Vickie Sheriff, told reporters in London.

The US is seeking to prosecute Hamza on charges he supported the Taliban with money and troops, set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon and aided in a 1998 Yemeni kidnapping plot that left four dead. The extradition to the US was delayed in July by the European Court of Human Rights.

Irish Independent

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