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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Imam Hook gets 7 Years

The jury found the one-eyed, hook-handed cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri guilty of 11 of 15 charges against him, including soliciting murder, stirring racial hatred, possessing a terrorist document and possessing threatening or abusive recordings.

He called the Sept. 11 attacks a Jewish plot and the invasion of Iraq a war on Islam.

When detectives raided the Finsbury Park Mosque in January 2003, they found chemical warfare protection suits, blank-firing pistols, a stun gun, gas masks, handcuffs and knives that police believe may have been used for terrorist "training camps" in Britain.

Al-Masri has been charged in the United States on an 11-count indictment with trying to establish a terrorist training camp in Oregon, conspiring to take hostages in Yemen and facilitating terror training in Afghanistan.

Under British law, the domestic charges took precedence over the extradition case, although he could now be sent to the United States to stand trial there.

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