Hate preacher Abu Hamza found guilty of setting up terror training camps in U.S.

Hate preacher Abu Hamza found guilty of setting up terror training camps in U.S.

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.

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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.

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