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UK officials hail US conviction of radical preacher

Muslim preacher Sheikh Abu Hamza (2nd L) is pictured surrounded by supporters outside the North London Mosque at Finsbury Park in this February 7, 2003 file photo. REUTERS/Matt Dunham/Files

LONDON: Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May have hailed the conviction in New York of radical preacher Mustafa Kamel Mustafa on terrorist charges.

May said in a statement Tuesday the British government worked hard to extradite Mustafa, known in Britain as Abu Hamza, who was sent to the United States in 2012 after a process that took many years.

She said the radical preacher known for his fiery anti-Western sermons "used every opportunity, over many years, to frustrate and delay the extradition process."

Cameron told BBC he hopes to streamline extradition rules so future cases can be handled more quickly.

Mustafa was found guilty Monday of supporting terrorist organizations and planning to open an Al-Qaeda training camp in Oregon.

The Egyptian-born Mustafa will be sentenced in September.

 

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