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Jailed cleric Abu Hamza calls for Libyan revolution on Youtube Abu Hamza, the jailed extremist cleric, has smuggled out a message calling for revolution in Libya and Egypt from behind bars in Belmarsh maximum security prison.
By Duncan Gardham, Security Correspondent 7:26PM GMT 01 Mar 2011
The message was apparently recorded during a telephone interview from the jail, despite a prohibition on such activity by prison authorities.
It was posted on the Youtube website in two parts, lasting nearly 23 minutes and accompanied by a slide show of images of Hamza at Finsbury Park Mosque before he was jailed in 2004. They have been viewed more than 2,500 times in the last month.
Two years ago extremist preacher Abu Qatada smuggled statements out of Long Lartin Prison in Worcestershire, claiming victory over the British government and calling on his followers to support a holy war.
Hamza said what was happening in the Middle East was “about liberating mankind from the tyrany that these groups, these thugs who have been dominating the Arab countries for centuries.”
In his familiar tortured analogy he compared the former president of Egypt and the current head of state in Libya to the Berlin Wall, saying what was happening was “as important as the fall of the Berlin wall because Mubarak himself has become the Berlin wall, him and Gadaffi.”
He also suggested that the West should stop backing such regimes if they wanted to solve their immigration problem, adding: “You have these people coming every year: ‘Where you coming from? I’m escaping Egyptian tyranny.’ Where you coming from? I’m escaping Gadaffi tyranny.’
Hamza, 52, is currently serving a seven year sentence for incitement to murder, stirring up racial hatred and possessing a document useful for terrorism.
The preacher is wanted in the US in connection with an alleged plot to kidnap western tourists in Yemen, helping recruits travel to Afghanistan, and set up a training camp in the US.
He arrived in Britain in 1979 on a six month Egyptian passport and was granted citizenship in May 1986, after marrying a British woman. He was stripped of his Egyptian citizenship in 2004.
One website said the message was originally on the al-Maqrizi Center website. The site is associated with Hani el-Sabai an Egyptian lawyer who has been arrested on terrorism charges but never charged. His assets were frozen amid allegations that he was a senior member of the Islamic Jihad terrorist group.
It is understood that prison monitors thought Hamza was having a conversation with a relaitve about Egypt and di not realise it was being recorded for release.
He has now had his provilegdes revoked. A Prison Service spokesperson said: “HMP Belmarsh is aware of this issue and has taken the appropriate action. We do not comment on individual prisoners.”
YouTube said it had "community guidelines" that prohibit dangerous or illegal activities such as bomb-making, hate speech, and incitement to commit violent acts.
"We have removed a significant number of videos under these policies," a spokesman said. "These are difficult issues, and material that is brought to our attention is reviewed carefully. We will continue to remove all content that incites violence according to our policies."
The radical cleric Abu Hamza will learn on Tuesday whether human rights judges will allow the government to extradite him to America to face terrorist charges.
The European court of human rights halted extradition proceedings in July 2010, arguing it needed more time to consider complaints that transferring Hamza and others wanted in the US risked breaching their rights by exposing them to possible life imprisonment without parole and solitary confinement.
The Egyptian-born preacher, serving a seven-year sentence in Britain for soliciting to murder and inciting racial hatred, has become the focus of growing concern over human rights rulings from Strasbourg that ministers claim could compromise national security.
Hamza's is one of six extradition cases the court is to rule on, and will be seen as a judgment on whether America's treatment of terrorist suspects could amount to "inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" in breach of the European convention on human rights.
Hamza, who was granted British citizenship in 1986, is wanted in America on 11 charges related to the taking of 16 hostages in Yemen in 1998, promoting violent jihad in Afghanistan in 2001, and conspiring to set up a jihad training camp in Oregon.
He has been described by the American authorities as a "terrorist facilitator with a global reach".
Before the US extradition request could be dealt with, Hamza was convicted in 2006 of terror-related charges in Britain.
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Abu Hamza's son Imran Mostafa found guilty of £70,000 jewellery robbery A son of controversial Muslim cleric Abu Hamza has been found guilty of taking part in a £70,000 smash-and-grab jewellery robbery.
By Ben Bryant
7:25PM BST 30 Aug 2012 Imran Mostafa, 20, of Deverills Way, Slough, denied robbery and possessing a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence.
The jury at Norwich Crown Court today convicted him of both offences after more than five hours of deliberation.
Mostafa is the son of radical preacher Abu Hamza, 54, who was jailed for seven years in 2006 for soliciting to murder and inciting racial hatred, and is currently facing extradition to the US to face terrorism charges.
The jury heard that members of the shop staff at Francis Wain jewellers in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, cowered behind counters in the morning raid on January 31 as three men, wearing hooded tops to disguise their faces, burst into the store.
One man brandished a firearm and another a hammer which was used to break the display cabinets. A third stayed in a van.
They dumped the van nearby before returning to London, stopping at Gayton to dump some jewellery casing on wasteland.
Prosecutor Ian James said: "One of the robbers let off some sort of smoke bomb causing confusion, and stock was taken as loads of glass fragments went everywhere because of the way the robbery was conducted."
Civil engineering student Mostafa told the jury he was teaching Arabic and the Koran at a community centre in London at the time of the robbery.
Mostafa told the jury: " I am not a thief. I am not an armed robber."
Mostafa's parentage was previously subject to a court order and could not be disclosed; however, following the return of the jury's verdict the judge decided to overturn the order.
Jonathon Abdul, 17, from Fulham, London, who also denied the offences, was convicted alongside Mostafa.
Two others admitted the offences: Ossama Hamed, 19, of Gresswell Street, Fulham, and Ahmed Ahmed, 19, of Nags Head Road, Enfield.
Following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service in Norfolk officers last night (Saturday 10 March) charged a fourth male in connection with the robbery at a jewellery shop in King’s Lynn in January.
20 year old Imran Mostafa from Slough has been charged with robbery and having a firearm with intent.
The incident took place at Francis Wain Jewellers on Norfolk Street around 9.50am on Tuesday 31 January 2012.
He has been remanded in custody and will appear before King's Lynn Magistrates court on Monday 12 March.
Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed (IPRD): "If there was any doubt over the arrival of the British Police State, the UK High Court's appalling decision today to extradite Babar Ahmed and Talha Ahsan to the US on trumped up terror charges after nearly a decade of detention without charge will clarify the nature of the system we now live with. Coverage so far of this has been ridiculous. Babar and Talha are trafficked to a US high security complex on the basis of a file of evidence that the Crown Prosecution Service here had thrown out as insufficient basis to file any charges against them. Meanwhile, detailed evidence on MI5's and MI6's systematic handling of Abu Hamza as an asset in British efforts to manipulate Islamist terrorists at home and abroad has been suppressed. If anything, this ruling underscores the necessity and urgency of exposing the deep state more than ever."
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