He was flown late on Friday to the United States with the other suspects also wanted on U.S. terrorism charges. The U.S. attorney office in New York has said Hamza was expected to face a judge in New York within 24 hours after civilian U.S. jets flew him to America hours after he lost his long legal battle to stay in Britain.
He arrived at Westchester County Airport, New York State, at about 2.30 a.m. local time, and was prisoned next to the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan.
Hamza was expected to be briefly presented before U.S. Magistrate Judge, Frank Maas on Saturday before appearing at a longer court session on Tuesday where charges would be read to him.
Abu Hamza, 54, is accused to be a fiery anti-Western speaker and said to have inspired some of the world’s most high-profile militants including Zacarias Moussaoui, one of the accused September 11, 2001 conspirators. Hamza used to preach at the Finsbury Park Mosque in north London, but was later jailed in Britain for inciting murder and racial hatred.
If convicted, Hamza could face up life sentence to prison.
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