Hate preacher Abu Hamza is expected to die behind bars after he was last night found guilty in the US of a string of terror offences.
The hook-handed Islamist cleric – who for years spouted evil on Britain’s streets – was convicted by a New York court of 11 charges after a five-week trial.
The firebrand, 56, had denied helping to organise a hostage-taking in Yemen in 1998 when three Britons were killed.
He also denied supporting Al Qaeda in Afghanistan by sending volunteers and money and trying to set up a terrorist training camp Oregon in 1999. But a jury of eight men and four women took 11 hours to reach their guilty verdict.
The trial took place just a few streets from the site of the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, which Hamza gloated was a ‘towering day in history’.
Hamza, also known as Mustafa Kamel Mustafa headed the Finsbury Park Mosque in the 1990s, reportedly attended by 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and shoe bomber Richard Reid.
The conviction marks the end of a relentless ten-year mission by the US authorities to extradite Hamza, who only has one eye and stumps instead of hands.