UK/Suffolk: Abu Hamza at RAF Mildenhall after last-ditch extradition appeal fails
TERROR suspect Abu Hamza was tonight at RAF Mildenhall where he is expected to be handed over for extradition to the US.
Islamist cleric Hamza and four other terror suspects had their last-ditch extradition appeals dismissed out of hand by senior judges on Friday afternoon.
A plane, reportedly hired by the US, was seen on the runway at RAF Mildenhall ready to fly Hamza and four others.
Hamza and the other suspects are expected be flown to the US to face trial within a few days.
The cleric’s extradition will bring to an end a drawn-out saga that had provoked the concern of the most senior judge in England and Wales, the Lord Chief Justice.
Sir John Thomas, President of the Queen’s Bench Division, and Mr Justice Ouseley said they were “wholly unconvinced” that Hamza was unfit to plead, and the sooner he was put on trial the better it would be.
The judges said it was “unacceptable” and “not just” that extradition should have dragged on for eight and 14 years, with the process “disfigured” by the succession of appeals.
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Shortly after the judgment, the Home Office said: “We welcome the High Court decision on Abu Hamza and others. We are now working to extradite these men as quickly as possible.”