#AceNewsReport – Mar.25: Munna Hamza, 50, was sentenced to a total of three years’ imprisonment on Friday after being convicted of three counts of encouraging terrorism contrary to the Terrorism Act 2006 at Woolwich Crown Court. He will have to spend an additional year on licence when he is released:
UK: ‘British man’ jailed for encouraging acts of jihad terror in Bangladesh and has been jailed on Friday following an investigation by the Metropolitan’s Counter Terrorism Command, according to the Asian Express.
Mar 24, 2021 2:00 pm:
“British man jailed for encouraging acts of terrorism in Bangladesh,” Dhaka Tribune, March 23, 2021:
Hamza was arrested by the Counter Terrorism Command after his social media messages encouraging acts of terrorism against Bangladesh government were reported to police in 2018. The officers seized his computer, phones and memory sticks for forensic examination.
Following a thorough investigation, counter terrorism officers identified five posts of concern. In his posts, Hamza urged people to commit serious acts of violence against the Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her government.
The Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit later assessed the posts and found they were likely to be in breach of UK terrorism legislation.
He was charged in 2019 with four counts of encouraging terrorism.
According to Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, he was convicted for three posts he made between 1 September 2015 and 31 December 2015, one on 3 May 2018 and one on 16 May 2018. He was found not guilty of one other count of encouraging terrorism contrary to section 1(2) of the Terrorism Act 2006, which related to a post he made on 24 June 2018.
Commander Richard Smith, the head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command praised the member of the public for reporting Hamza’s social media posts to the police….
#AceNewsReport – Mar.14: However, MI5 and police were actively investigating Abu. He was detained during a proactive armed police operation carried out after he ordered a large sword online that he was planning to use in his attack:
Man convicted of plotting terror attack following Met and MI5 operation: ‘Sahayb Aweys Munye Abu, 27 (15.4.93) of east London, ordered weapons, equipment and clothing online in preparation for an attack, while visiting websites with #Daesh material and sharing his extremist views with people online’
Convicted: Sahayb Abu
Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “ This is a prime example of how our officers and the security services are working together to keep people safe. Every day, counter-terrorism teams are identifying and targeting individuals and groups with violent, extremist views and those with terrorist intent. They gather the intelligence and evidence we need to identify those who pose a threat, so that we can stop their activity, bring them to justice and protect the public from harm: “ On Friday, 12 March, Abu was found guilty of preparation of terrorist acts (contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006), by a 11-1 majority verdict after a trial at the Old Bailey which started on Tuesday, 9 February.
He is due to be sentenced on Friday, 9 April.
The police investigation started in March 2020 due to concerns about Abu’s extremist mindset.
In May and June 2020 over several weeks, Abu made enquiries about and purchased a number of items that gave investigators cause for further concern – a lock knife, a ballistic vest, two balaclavas, fingerless gloves, a camo-print fisherman’s hat with face and neck cover, and finally a large sword.
During the course of the investigation, an undercover officer met and befriended Abu online and they met in person on two occasions. During their conversations, Abu spoke about obtaining firearms.
Abu was arrested on 9 July during an armed policing operation.
His electronic devices were seized and analysed and officers found dozens of messages, including video and voice messages, where Abu recited lyrics which reflected his extremist views.
In one song, he refers to himself as a “straight ISIS supporter”, talks about “heads rolling on the ground”, and says “got my suicide vest, one click boom and I’ll see you later.”
On the day of his arrest, he posted a message in a chat group saying “we need a 9/11 2.0” – referring to the terrorist attack on World Trade Centre in 2001.
His internet search and browsing history also showed that he visited websites about Daesh, and accessed and downloaded Daesh propaganda and other extremist content.
When interviewed by police, Abu denied any intention to commit a terrorist attack and said the items he had purchased were for display purposes and for use in parody “drill” music videos.
Commander Smith added: “Over several months, Abu sought to obtain weapons and the equipment needed to commit a terrorist attack. He is an extremely dangerous individual, but we were able to intervene and arrest him before he was able to carry out his attack: “ This investigation took place during the Covid-19 pandemic, but our focus on keeping the public safe from terrorism has not wavered during that time. Whilst people will clearly have other things on their minds at the moment, we must also remember that the threat of terrorism in the UK is still very real and an attack remains likely. We continue to rely on the public’s help and support in our ongoing fight against terrorism.”
If you have information about terrorist activity or offences, call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. If there is an immediate threat, always call 999. For more information, visit www.gov.uk/report-terrorism.
If you have concerns about a friend or acquaintance who you believe is being radicalised or holds extremist beliefs, call the national police Prevent advice line on 0800 011 3764 in confidence. For more information, visit www.actearly.uk
+ Muhamed Aweys Munye Abu, 32 (1.1.89) of south London, was found not guilty of failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism (contrary to section 38B of the Terrorism Act 2000).
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#AceGuestNews – Sept.29: Western Propaganda Machine Kicked Into Action as France Commenced Bombing in Syria Apparently in “Self Defense.” France’s president and prime minister think Syria’s Mr. Assad is a”butcher” and “dictator.” Agreed and no one in any part of the world is arguing that Mr. Bashar al-Assad is the most benevolent leader in the history of statecraft, but […]
#AceNewsReport – Featured Post: YARMOUK:April.10: According to the Palestinian eyewitnesses who fled the horrors of the terrorist group, they saw heads cut off and children killed in front of their parents.
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The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISSI) terrorists were seen playing football with a severed head as the militants have reported seized the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus. (File Photo) Above:
Ibrahim Abdel Fatah, a 55-year-old refugee, told AFP “We had heard of their cruelty from the television, but when we saw it ourselves… I can tell you, their reputation is well-deserved.”
Another teenager Palestinian refugee, Amjad Yaaqub, said he saw IS members “playing with a severed head as if it was a football”.
Yaaqub added “Daesh [IS] came to my home looking for my brother who’s in the Palestinian Popular Committees. They beat me until I passed out and left me for dead.”
It is estimated that 400 families including around 2,000 people fled the camp to Yalda, a neighbouring area which is also besieged by Assad forces, and 150 others escaped to regime-controlled areas.
Wesam Sabaaneh, a member of the Yarmouk-based Jafra Foundation, said around 18,000 Palestinian refugees are trapped in their houses by the clashes and heavy shelling and have no access to basic needs or medical supplies.
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#AceNewsServices – EUROPE: Jan.17: As the world turns inward on its self and the fall-out of #CharlieHebdo is felt around the world. Security measures as many governments have wanted for a long time are ramped up to severe.
Fall-out after Charlie Hebdo – Screenshot from 2015-01-17 12:20:38
Saturday, January 17
At least two churches were put on fire in Niger as protesters came out for a second day to slam French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, AFP reports.
More than 10,000 people rallied in Magas, the capital of the Russian southern republic of Ingushetia, to support Islam and protest cartoons insulting the Prophet Mohammed. The demonstration was aimed at demonstrating that Islam is a religion of peace and decry both the extremists aiming to hijack it for their own goals and the people deliberately insulting Muslims and their faith under a guise of protecting freedom of speech from the extremists.
French President Francois Hollande said that France had“principles, values, and notably freedom of expression” in response to protests against Charlie Hebdo magazine that were held in Niger and Pakistan.
“We have supported these countries in their fight against terrorism,” he added.
Police have fired tear gas at demonstrators in Niger, who on Saturday continued their protest against satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad published by French magazine Charlie Hebdo, AFP reports.
Smoke rises from the Franco-Nigerien Cultural Center (CCFN) in Zinder after it was burned down during demonstrations after Friday prayer on January 16, 2015 against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s publication of a cartoon showing the Prophet Mohammed (AFP Photo / Stringer)
“We think they travelled from Paris, going to Madrid-Barajas (airport), without stopping – Coulibaly, Hayat, the Belhoucine brothers, and Mohamed Belhoucine’s wife and son.”
Mehdi Sabry Belhoucine and his brother Mohamed, have already been convicted of terrorism related offenses.
Prosecutors in the French city of Avignon confirmed charging a 28-year-old man with “murder, attempted murder and possession of drugs” after he stabbed a Moroccan man, Mohamed El Makouli, to death inside his house.
The assailant rushed into the house of El Makouli in the village of Beaucet on Wednesday shouting “I am your god, I am your Islam”before stabbing the Morrocan man 17 times, the National Observatory Against Islamophobia said Friday.
“The Islamophobic aspect will be investigated when we interview this boy who claims to have heard voices,” a spokesman said, according to AFP. Observatory president Abdallah Zekri condemned the assult as a “horrible Islamophobic attack.”
More than 50 anti-Muslim incidents have been recorded by the Central Council of Muslims in France since the Charlie Hebdo attack.
Protesters from the Islamic Action Front and others run to escape security forces after they tried to reach the French embassy during a protest against satirical French weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which featured a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad as the cover of its first edition since an attack by Islamist gunmen, after the Friday prayer in Amman January 16, 2015. (Reuters / Muhammad Hamed)
Friday, January 16
German authorities have received warnings of possible militant attacks at railway stations in Berlin and Dresden, security sources told Reuters. Dresden is considered the most vulnerable, due to anti-Islam marches in the city which often attract tens of thousands of people. An Interior Ministry official did not comment on this information, though he confirmed that security services receive a lot of data from different sources. According to him, not all protective measures are visible to the public. Earlier on Friday, after raiding 12 homes, police arrested two people suspected of recruiting fighters for Syria.
About 100 protesters carrying banners with the pictures of the Kouachi brothers and Osama bin Laden gathered on Friday in a conservative district of Istanbul in support of the gunmen who killed 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo HQ in Paris. The organizer of the rally was a group called the “Fraternal Platform of the Prophet’s Companions.” Police blocked the participants and prevented them from marching around Fatih mosque. “The day came when by Allah’s hand two or three people punished and humiliated these infidels. Today, Western media and the infidels know that Muslims will take their revenge,” the leader of the rally said, Naharnet reported.
The presence of radicalized Muslims across Europe and their network’s increasing sophistication, combined with its lack of organized structure, makes it extremely difficult for police and officials to track every possible terror attack, said Rob Wainwright, head of European Union police agency Europol.
“The scale of the problem, the diffuse nature of the network, the scale of the people involved makes this extremely difficult for even very well-functioning counterterrorist agencies such as we have in France to stop every attack,” AP reported him as saying.
Wainwright added that more than 2,500 and maybe even as many as 5,000 suspects have succeeded in entering Europe from war-torn countries such as Iraq and Syria.
More to follow ……….!
Courtesy of : AFP – RT – AP – French Media – France 24 – Reuters.
#AceWorldNews – TURKEY:Jan.06:A journalist from the Netherlands, who is based in the predominantly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir in the south east of the country, had been allegedly arrested by Turkish police on terrorism charges. Though the story l have uncovered states the following:
‘ Frederike Geerdink tweeted – Screenshot from 2015-01-06 21:24:58 ‘
Frederike Geerdink tweeted that police had searched her home and were taking her into custody on charges related to “propaganda for a terrorist organization,” Reuters reports.
A police official said on condition of anonymity that the journalist, who works for Het Parool in the Netherlands and the UK’s Independent, had been detained on the prosecutor’s order and would be released after giving a statement.
The arrest comes on the same day President Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkish journalists enjoy more freedom than anywhere in Europe, amid allegations that Turkey was persecuting the country’s media.
AceNewsServices – Featured Post: Jan.06: This gives me pause. . . as I have been pondering this problem lately. The grand experiment which is the United States was built on personal rights for all written in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution. . . . . freedom of religion, speech, press, to assemble and to have personal privacy.
After 9/11 , the country was united in the desire of “Never Again” and there was not much questioning as to how that security was accomplished. But as the years have past and news and experiences of NSA spying on the nation and the world, control of the internet, airport searches and indignities at the airports, and prisoner enhanced interrogation; Americans, including me, are questioning our freedoms, security and the methods used to establish both.
This week in the world’s largest democracy where there is understandably obsessed with security has further fuelled my thoughts. Information was circulated of a credible terrorist activity in India. Access to certain sites on the internet was stopped or limited to all of India. I had trouble accessing Facebook, in the morning, evening, and at night. Hmm, all times when people were home using the internet. I have experienced in the US having some news and YouTube videos not available as they are in the rest of the world. I have learned that from other bloggers. Here in India, we have been working for days to get just the proper documentation for the students. . . photos. . . on different paper for different applications. . phone, school, immigration. They need copies of their passports, visas, stamped pages of their passports, forms to be filled , a letter from the hostel and the University. . . all this to study here for 4 months. And all this to try to insure safety.
Some of you might ask, “Why not just ignore it all?” Well, one group a few years ago did just that due to ignorance of the policy. When they got ready to leave, 7 students were allowed to leave even though they didn’t have the proper exit stamp. Two students were detained. They were Americans of various heritages. Many people and countries find it hard to understand that American is a “salad mixture” of people from all nationalities.
These detained students had to stay in a hotel for a week while their departure was discussed by many calls between India and the US! Finally, this happened and all other groups from Rensselaer have meticulously completed the process. This time the forms seem even more complicated than in 2013. Could it be bureaucrats justifying their paycheck?
I want to be safe, unquestionably, but at the price of our freedoms? Fascist countries take these same actions and I don’t want to live in like that. I am concerned, too, as to whom is making these decisions. In my lifetime, I have observed with taxes and government involvement, that once instigated or eliminated it is seemingly impossible to regain freedoms once they are gone.
#AceWorldNews – PALESTINE:Jan.05: The Palestinian Authority wants to join Interpol after having been accepted as an observer but not a full member three years ago because it did not have control of defined borders Jewish Press reported.
The Abbas regime thinks it now has a majority of Interpol’s members to be accepted.
Palestinian Authority Minister of Interior Ahmed al-Rabie told the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency, joining Interpol will give the PA the ability to take part in fighting cross-border crimes and fighting terrorism, money-laundering, corruption, arms-trade, and human-trafficking.
The question remains which terrorism the Palestinian Authority would fight, or aid …?
The long-awaited publication of the so-called “CIA torture report” is expected to finally occur early next week, but would-be readers, be warned: according to leaks, the executive summary will be absent any and all use of the word “torture.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), the chair of the United States Senate Intelligence Committee, now says that the public will be able to read the executive summary of her panel’s years-long investigation into the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques next week, with journalist Jason Leopold reporting that the release of the document will come as early as Monday.
Quote from DOJ atty to my atty on Sen/CIA rpt: “The plan is to release it on Monday. But it’s not within our control.”
After a lengthy back-and-forth between the Senate committee and the CIA, however, the 600 page summary that will soon be made public — less than one-tenth of the actual report — will be ripe with enough redactions and wordplay to still leave much of the agency’s post-9/11 practices a mystery.
“The summary is expected to reignite the debate over whether the CIA’s coercive interrogation techniques in the first years of the war on terror amounted to torture,” Josh Rogin and Eli Lake wrote for Bloomberg View on Wednesday this week. “Although the summary report is said to not use the word ‘torture,’ officials said it would describe practices that any layman would understand as torture.”
In the midst of the months of delays brought on by bickering between the Senate and CIA over what to include in the public version of the report, it was reported in July by the Associated Press that people who read the report said the practices described within “amounted to torture by a common definition.”
“This report tells a story of which no American is proud,” reads part of a State Department document about the Senate panel’s findings that was sent to the White House over the summer and subsequently received by journalists at AP. Indeed, Reuters reported this week that the report concludes that harsh CIA interrogation tactics, including the simulated drowning technique known as “water-boarding,” as well as sleep deprivation and other acts tantamount to torture, provided the US with no intelligence breakthroughs that could have been achieved by other non-coercive means.
The leaked copy of White House talking points obtained by the AP over the summer in anticipation of the eventual release of the report acknowledged that the government will likely be asked, “Isn’t it clear that the CIA engaged in torture as defined in the Torture Convention?” The next day, US President Barack Obama made headlines after offering arguably the most blatant official recognition yet from the executive branch concerning the practices authorized by his predecessor in the wake of September 11 terrorist attacks.
“In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, we did some things that were wrong. We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did things that were contrary to our values,”Pres. Obama said.
Nevertheless, indications from this week suggest that the Senate agreed to omit use of the t-word; according to Bloomberg, both Feinstein’s panel and the CIA agreed to certain concessions through negotiations brokered by the White House through Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough: Rogin and Lake wrote that staffers in the Senate Intelligence Committed “objected vigorously to hundreds of redactions the CIA had proposed in the executive summary,” but ultimately both sides had to make sacrifices.
“Among the most significant of Feinstein’s victories, the report will retain information on countries that aided the CIA program by hosting black sites or otherwise participating in the secret rendition of suspected terrorists,” reads part of Wednesday’s Bloomberg report. Per the CIA’s request, however, those host nations won’t actually be named, but rather will reportedly by given code names, like “Country A.”
Elsewhere, Bloomberg reported that Feinstein “reluctantly agreed” to another request from the CIA: according to this week’s article, the pseudonymous fake names used by undercover agents have been redacted from the executive summary as well. Previously, the New York Times reported that the White House supported the CIA’s stance regarding the matter.
“Hopefully they won’t redact too much and hopefully the White House won’t let them get away with redacting too much,” Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin told The Daily Beast in July. “Until you see what they are going to redact, it’s hard to know what material you have to work with.”
In late August, Sen. Feinstein told “Meet the Press” that her committee was engaged with the Obama administration to ensure that redactions to the executive summary do not “destroy the report.”
“If you redact the evidence — heavily — then we cannot sustain our findings. We will not put out a report that does not enable us to sustain our findings. And I believe that that is understood,” Feinstein said then, adding that she expected the summary to be public by late September. Two months later, though, the New York Times reported that Democrats in charge of the Senate were accusing the White House of “trying to censor significant details” of the report, and that negotiations between the Senate and CIA managed by the White House were responsible for the delays.
On her part, Feinstein acknowledged previously that the report “uncovers startling details about the CIA detention and interrogation program and raises critical questions about intelligence operations and oversight.” Her committee’s $40 million, three-years-in-the-making investigation has been stymied in recent months after a stand-off erupted between the Senate panel and the CIA concerning allegations of spying concerning both parties. In late July, the CIA conceded that its officers had penetrated a Senate computer network used by staffers working on the report.
According to Reuters, the forthcoming executive summary includes 20 findings from the Senate about the results of the CIA program, as well as 200 pages of history on the topic, a rebuttal from the CIA and a dissent from congressional Republicans.
#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW- Nov.17 – Russia and Iran have agreed pooled efforts are needed to fight against the Islamic State group and terrorism in general.
Since they pose a threat to all countries of the region, Alexei Pushkov, the chairman of the international committee of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house, said on Monday, commenting on the results of Duma speaker Sergei Natyshkin’s visit to Tehran.
“The sides shared approaches to the assessment of the developments in the Middle East and Asia Minor. They agreed pooled efforts are needed to fight against terrorism, since the Islamic State is a threat not only for those states that are currently in the zone of its activity, such as Syria and Iraq, but for all neighbouring states too,” he told journalists onboard a plane bound for Moscow.
He said that the Islamic State’s threats “are a very serious challenge to Russia’s and Iran’s security.”
“I think it was among the most topical subjects (during the visit) – the fight against terrorist in general and the Islamic State as its most aggressive and dangerous manifestation in the Middle East and Asia Minor,” Pushkov said.
While on a working visit to Teheran, Naryshkin met with his counterpart, Iran’s Majilis /parliament/ Speaker Ali Larijani and former President of Iran Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who is now heading the council that looks at the expediency of decision-making.
AceWorldNews – BRITAIN (London) – October 18 – The Daily Telegraph last week revealed in an interview with Mayor Boris Johnson that he said Britain’s counter-terrorism forces are monitoring “thousands” of potential extremists in the metropolitan area.
The Daily Telegraph newspaper last Saturday quoted Johnson as saying the security forces in the London area are involved in “thousands of operations” every day. He said the number of people being watched is in the low thousands.
Government sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, have said the men arrested this week include one who recently returned from Syria and police are probing possible ties to the Islamic State group operating there.
#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN (London) – October 01 – British prosecutors have dropped seven terrorism charges against Moazzam Begg, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee and outspoken advocate for the rights of terror suspects.
#AceNewsServices (Exclusive) TEHRAN – September 18 – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in an exclusive interview with NBC News’ Ann Curry, denounced ISIS for its savagery but also branded the U.S.-led coalition against the terror group as “ridiculous.”
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Speaking from the presidential palace in Tehran ahead of his visit to the United Nations, Rouhani questioned President Obama’s decision to go after ISIS with air-strikes.
“Are Americans afraid of giving casualties on the ground in Iraq? Are they afraid of their soldiers being killed in the fight they claim is against terrorism?” Rouhani said.
“If they want to use planes and if they want to use unmanned planes so that nobody is injured from the Americans, is it really possible to fight terrorism without any hardship, without any sacrifice? Is it possible to reach a big goal without that? In all regional and international issues, the victorious one is the one who is ready to do sacrifice.
“Maybe it is necessary for air-strikes in some conditions and some circumstances,” he added. “However, air strikes should take place with the permission of the people of that country and the government of that country.”
Asked about the extremists’ beheading of American James Foley and Steven Sotloff and Briton David Haines, Rouhani said ISIS’ actions are at odds with Islamic tenets.
“They want to kill humanity,” he said. “And from the viewpoint of the Islamic tenets and culture, killing an innocent people equals the killing of the whole humanity. And therefore, the killing and beheading of innocent people in fact is a matter of shame for them and it’s the matter of concern and sorrow for all the human and all the mankind.”
But he also took issue with the American-led coalition, saying members include nations that helped ISIS with weapons and training.
He declined to name the countries.
He said Iran will give Iraq any support it requests for combating ISIS, but made a point of saying religious sites must be protected.
#AceWorldNews – Kosovo(Pristina) – September 17 – Police in Kosovo arrested 15 people on Wednesday in the second major operation in weeks to stem the flow of young ethnic Albanians joining Islamist fighters in Iraq and Syria, Reuters said.
Among those detained are an influential imam of the Grand Mosque in the capital, Pristina, the leader of an Islamic-rooted political party, and a number of other imams, according to local media.
The charges include terrorism, threatening the constitutional order, incitement and religious hate speech, a police source said.
On August 11, 40 people were arrested on suspicion of fighting in Iraq and Syria or recruiting insurgents RT reported.
The duo was taken into custody as they landed at the Kent port on a ferry from Calais.
(Syrian rebels take position during clashes with government forces in Idlib, north Syria)
The pair are facing questions at a police station in south London and two addresses in west London and one in Hertfordshire are being searched as part of the investigation.
It is believed that one line of inquiry is whether they had travelled to or had links with terrorist activities in Syria.
Hundreds of would-be British jihadists have gone to the war-torn Middle Eastern state to join fighting there, and UK authorities recently launched a campaign to encourage Muslim women to inform on relatives they suspect of planning to travel there.
(Syrian citizens stand near a burning truck that was destroyed by two cars bombs, at Jaramana, in Damascus, Syria)
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘They were travelling from Calais into the country.
It is believed to be Syrian related.
‘On Tuesday 3 June, at approximately 11pm, officers from SO15 Counter Terrorism Command arrested two men aged 26 and 44 at Dover on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
‘They are currently in custody at south London police station.
00:48 on 20/05/2014 Tags: 11 charges in total, Abu Hamza, Extradited British cleric Abu Hamza, Finsbury Park Mosque in London, Found Guilty In New York, incite murder and racial hatred, Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, Radical Islam ( 2 ), Terrorism, training camp
Extradited British cleric Abu Hamza has been found guilty of terrorism charges in the United States. The radical preacher faced 11 charges in total, including conspiring to set up a terror training camp in Oregon, conspiring to kidnap Americans in Yemen and providing support to terrorist organisations. At a federal court in New York, the jury convicted him on all counts. He could face life in prison when he is sentenced. Hamza, whose real name is Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, has already served a UK prison sentence for using his sermons at the Finsbury Park Mosque in London to incite murder and racial hatred. He was extradited to the US in 2012 after a protracted legal battle and had been awaiting trial since then. The prosecution said Hamza, 56, used the cover of religion to export terror and violence across the world.
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In a court room just blocks from Ground Zero, the jury watched an interview in which Hamza celebrated the 9/11 attacks and the hijackers. They heard him give speeches justifying suicide bombings, the killing of civilians and urging young men to train for violent jihad. Prosecutor Edward Kim told the court: “His cause was war and it was all consuming … his goal was simple and it was clear and it was vicious.” The court heard how Hamza conspired to set up an al Qaeda-style training camp in Bly, Oregon, without ever setting foot in America. Inspired by his sermons, a Seattle-based follower called James Ujaama thought the remote area with permissive gun laws would make a perfect training ground for fighters intent on waging holy war. He wrote in a fax to Hamza that it was “just like Afghanistan”.
Ujaama, who served a prison sentence in connection with his role at the camp, but who secured early release in exchange for co-operation with the US government, told the court that Hamza’s backing for the camp would be a “star attraction”. He said: “Abu Hamza’s view on the physical jihad training was that it’s obligatory, every Muslim should engage in it.” Hamza, who told the court he lost both hands in an accident while working as a contractor for the Pakistani military, was also charged with conspiring to kidnap American tourists in Yemen in 1998. His lawyers argued that the cleric acted as an intermediary to negotiate the release of the hostages. They also said their client was guilty only of holding offensive views, and revealed in court that during his time in London, Hamza had acted as a kind of consultant to the British intelligence services.
He was often called upon, they said, to use his contacts and ease tensions to “keep the streets of London safe”. They said Hamza, who broke down on the stand while testifying about the massacre of men and boys in Bosnia, was a principled, independent man who was concerned about the plight of oppressed Muslims. Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May said: “I am pleased that Abu Hamza has finally faced justice. He used every opportunity, over many years, to frustrate an delay the extradition process.”