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NATIONAL NEWS – Abu Hamza could be sent to the U.S. within hours

Radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza is expected to be extradited to the United States within hours to face terror charges, after judges dismissed an application to halt his extradition.

Similar applications for four other terror suspects – Babar Ahmad, Syed Talha Ahsan, Khaled al Fawwaz and Adel Abdul Bary – have all also been dismissed.

At the High Court today Judge Sir John Thomas ruled that all five can now be extradited immediately and it us understood two aircraft may be standing-by somewhere in the South

All five cases returned to the High Court after judges at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) refused to intervene and stop the Home Secretary extraditing them.

The judge told the court: “each of these claimants long ago exhausted the procedures in the United Kingdom”.

He added: “There can be no doubt that each has, over the many years, either taken or had the opportunity to take every conceivable point to prevent his extradition to the United States.

“It is unacceptable that extradition proceedings should take more than a relatively short time, to be measured in months not years.

“It is not just to anyone that proceedings such as these should last between 14 and eight years.”

A US Embassy spokeswoman said: “These individuals are being transferred to the United States.

“These extraditions mark the end of a lengthy process of litigation through the UK courts and the ECHR.

“The US government agrees with the ECHR’s findings that the conditions of confinement in US prisons – including in maximum security facilities – do not violate European standards.”

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