Fantastic news coming from across the water regarding Islamic hate preacher Abu Hamza . The oxygen thief has been given a life sentence by the American courts for his role as in a worldwide campaign of violence. Thankfully the handless hate cleric will not cost the British taxpayers any more money as in America a life sentence almost always means exactly that.
The evil mullah tried to lie his way out of a supermax prison into a prison hospital centre claiming his illnesses and his hooks being confiscated prevented him from functioning normally in a normal prison and he would need specialist care, Aww didums poor old Abu Hamza, My heart bleeds for him. The best thing that could happen for me is if he was to accidentally fall down some stairs head first with no false hands to break his fall whilst being transferred or to be padded up in a cell with somebody from the Aryian brotherhood or the Mexican mafia,
The terrorist scumbag blew his own hands off whilst bomb making in Afghanistan. Having them replaced by the infamous metal hooks which made he look as much of a twat as he always was. The federal prison system have now replaced the hooks with fake hands with a spoon contraption built in.
“Global export of violence and terror”
In the opening remarks of his trial, the prosecution alleged that Hamza turned London’s Finsbury Park mosque into “the base of operations for the global export of violence and terror.”
“Abu Hamza was not just a preacher of religion,” Edward Kim, assistant US attorney, said in opening arguments. “He was a trainer of terrorists and he used the cover of religion so he could hide in plain sight in London.
In response, the defence said that he may have said some outrageous things, but Nelson Mandela was long listed as a terrorist.
Joshua Dratel portrayed the cleric as an “independent thinker” who was seeking a “third way” between the “extremes” of Osama bin Laden, the late al-Qaeda leader, and George W Bush, the former US president.
Mr Dratel sought to depict his client as a misunderstood historical figure whose inflammatory words are now being taken out of context. “For decades, Nelson Mandela was considered a terrorist and now he is an icon,” he observed. “Things change.”
British “supergrass” testimony
Saajid Badat, a British terrorist “supergrass”, lived at the Finsbury Park mosque, and was seen as a key ally of Hamza’s.
He described meeting Osama bin Laden, and told how the Al Qaeda leader hugged him and “wished me good luck in my mission” at the end of their meeting in Afghanistan in November 2001, two months after the September 11 attacks.
Badat, who was released from prison in 2010 after agreeing to testify in terrorism cases in Britain and the US, also said that he discussed plans for an attack on Canary Wharf with Khalid Sheikh Mohamed, the mastermind of the September 11 atrocities.
Badat testified that he met Feroz Abbasi – another young British Muslim described by prosecutors as a “terror lieutenant” deployed by Abu Hamza – at a jihadi training camp in Afghanistan and translated for him when he was asked if he would conduct attacks on American and Jewish targets.
Mr Abbasi had worked at the Finsbury Park mosque as a security guard before moving to Afghanistan. He was captured by US forces after the overthrow of the Taliban regime in late 2001 and held at the Guantánamo Bay detention centre for four years, but then released without charge.
Yemen hostage Margaret Thompson describes human shield terror
Margaret Thompson was one of 16 Western tourists snatched by terrorists in the Yemen in December 1998, and told of the terrifying moment hostages were used as human shields.
As Yemeni soldiers attempted a rescue, one of the abductors told the British-led tour party: “It’s goodbye to you all.”
Her voice cracking with emotion, Mrs Thompson said: “I hoped he meant there were getting ready to release us but I thought we were going to die.”
Three British tourists and an Australian died in the attack.
Mrs Thompson stared at Hamza as she told the jury how she was shot during the rescue attempt.
“There was much more gunfire at that point. I started to fall forward and hit the ground. I was hit in the leg with a bullet from behind, it was my left leg. I was falling forward and my legs flipped forward under me.
“I fell backwards and slid into a bush. I was wearing a scarf, so I took the scarf off and put it into the wound.
Mrs Thompson, now retired and living in Texas, spent weeks in Yemen and London hospitals having surgery.
Hamza worked with MI5 to keep London safe, says lawyer
Hamza was in reality working secretly with British intelligence “to keep the streets of London safe” by “cooling hotheads”, his lawyer claimed.
Holding up what he said were reports from Scotland Yard, Joshua Dratel described the cleric as an “intermediary” who cooperated with MI5 and the police to try to end foreign hostage-takings and defuse tensions with the Muslim community in Britain.
He said that Hamza expressed his true “intent” in discussions with Scotland Yard and MI5.
“It goes to the theme of our defence that he was an intermediary, thatMI5 asked him on multiple times to act in hostage situations, cool down the community and maintain a sense of order,” he argued.
Praising the 9/11 attacks
The jury was shown videos of him praising the 9/11 hijackers, as they sat in a courtroom a few streets from the scene of the attacks at Ground Zero.
The panel of 12 saw an interview in which Hamza said he was “happy” about the September 11 2001 attacks in which terrorists flew planes in to the World Trade Center.
In another video, the Egyptian-born cleric said that that he approved of the suicide bombing of the USS Cole by al-Qaeda operatives in 2000 which left 17 American sailors dead.
“My wife turned me to Islam”
Hamza claimed it was his first wife, an Englishwoman, who persuaded him to start to study Islam with her because she became interested in the religion, he explained.
“She was persistent,” he said. “She pushed too hard.”
The Egyptian-born cleric worked as a hotel receptionist, a bouncer and even briefly as the co-manager of a strip club in London’s Soho district after moving to Britain in 1979 aged 21, he said.
“They were small jobs to make money and enjoy myself – a normal Western life,” he told the jury after explaining that he came from a non-religious family in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria “where we always looked for a Western life, American style”.
Claims he lost hands in an accidental explosion in Lahore
Hamza has previously claimed he lost his hands and an eye while fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan during the early 1990s.
But during the trial he said he was injured during an explosives accident while working on a road project with the Pakistan military in 1993.
And he admitted he saw little fighting while in Afghanistan where he “fired a couple of bullets” but “it was very quiet when I was there” and he was responsible for health and safety of fighters.
The closing statements
Ian McGinley, prosecuting, summed up the case by telling the court that Hamza “devoted his life to violent jihad.”
He said: “He instructed his followers that jihad fighting was religious war. Why do his words matter? Because they match his actions, they match his crimes.”
But Hamza’s lawyer, Jeremy Schneider, said the government’s case boiled down to incendiary statements that gained the preacher a reputation among radical Muslims – rather than anything he actually did.
“A lot, if not the majority, of their evidence was his words, not his deeds,” Mr Schneider said during his closing remarks
“Can someone who has ranted and raved for years about anti-American statements get a fair trial in front of a New York jury in the shadows of the World Trade Center?
“He cannot keep his mouth shut. That’s how he is. He doesnt avoid the tough questions. Sometimes he’s firey, sometimes he’s engaging.
“He is opening his mouth saying damaging, unflattering things, drawing attention to himself, saying look at me, I’m outrageous, follow me.”