British Muslim Cleric Appeals Conviction

AbuHamzaal-Masri.jpgTerrorist orgnizer and Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri is appealing his conviction in the British courts. The one-eyed, hook-handed cleric was found guilty in February on 11 of 15 charges against him, including counts of soliciting murder, stirring racial hatred, possessing a terrorist document and possessing threatening or abusive recordings.

Some of his followers were heard shouting "God Bless You Sheik Hamza" as the cleric was taken away to begin serving his seven year sentence.

Now, the 'Sheikh', says he did not get a fair trial, that 9/11 had prejudiced the case against him, that an orchestrated media 'hate' campaign had tainted the case, and that he really isn't guilty.

Not guilty? Right. This is the man who was stung by a friend of ours, Glen Jenvey. Glen posed to Abu Hamza as a radical Muslim interested in recruiting for the jihad in Afghanistan. You know, a country in which the U.K. was actively fighting. I think that's called treason in most circles.

Hamza passed a number of materials to Glen in support of the jihad. Glen told Hamza the materials--such as videos of his speeches at the Finsbury Park mosque--would be used to recruit jihadis.

One of those videos sent to Glen by Hamza showed James Ujaama, who was later convicted of trying to organize a terror training camp in Oregon, sitting next to the Shiekh at the Finsburry mosque. Glen also tells me that Ujaama was found through the FBI following an IP track left at a false website set up by Glen in support of radical Islam.

So, not freakin guilty? Not a fair trial? Media hate campaign? Right Shiekh. It's the British media that is up to a 'hate campaign'. Abu Hamza openly preached to his followers that if British law failed to criminally prosecute homosexuals--as is required by Islamic law--then it was up to private Muslim citizens to punish gays.

In fact, the British authorities banned the public from knowing what Hamza actually said to his Finsburry Mosque followers. Another friend of ours, Neil Doyle, had his book banned in the U.K. during the Hamza trial because it contained quotes which might 'prejudice' the jury against the cleric.

Those quotes show Hamza praising Adolf Hitler for doing Allah's work in exterminating the Jews. Yeah, no hate there.

BBC News:

Radical preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri was found guilty because a fair trial was "impossible", a court has heard.

His lawyers told the Appeal Court his trial was prejudiced by "unique" global events and a media hate-campaign....

Edward Fitzgerald QC, representing 48-year-old Abu Hamza, told the Court of Appeal it had been "unfair and oppressive" to launch a prosecution in 2004 over speeches made between 1997 and 2000.

Police had taken no action at the time, even though officers had taken away the recordings for analysis.

The prosecution came amid a "relentless campaign of adverse media publicity condemning him as a preacher of hate and inciter of violence", said Mr Fitzgerald, some of it driven by the public battle led by the Home Secretary to strip Abu Hamza of his citizenship.

This campaign, argued Mr Fitzgerald, combined with the unique events of the 9/11 attacks and subsequent 7 July 2005 London bombings had prejudiced the trial.

"Inadmissible evidence relating to his alleged involvement in actual crimes of terrorism was relentlessly highlighted and referred to in public," said Mr Fitzgerald.

"Because of the delay in prosecuting the appellant, the atmosphere had been poisoned against him in a way that would not have happened had he been subjected to a timely prosecution."

Oh, and Hamza continues to fight extradition to the U.S. on terror related charges.

Hat tip: David

Posted by: Rusty at 02:19 PM

Comments

1 Man, if he's not careful he's going to put out that second eye.

Posted by: Jaysusland Greg at October 31, 2006 03:22 PM

2 Only seven years for soliciting murder? The one eyed prick should be thankful that the Brits are so understanding of minority behavior.

Posted by: Greyrooster at October 31, 2006 04:10 PM

3 In that picture it looks like he's trying to do that "I'm crushing your head" thing, but with his hook.

Posted by: Ranba Ral at October 31, 2006 04:15 PM

4 Greyrooster, have you seen or heard anything from or about hondo in the past few weeks? He seems to have disappeared.

Posted by: jesusland joe at October 31, 2006 04:31 PM

5 Here's an AAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!! for ye, fellow despot..........ever walk the plank matey?...........

Posted by: n.a. palm at October 31, 2006 04:32 PM

6 Jesusland Joe: No I haven't. All I know is that he was going in for medical tests dealing with a disability.


RUSTY: PLEASE TELL US IF YOU OR ANYONE ELSE BANNED HONDO.

Posted by: Greyrooster at October 31, 2006 04:50 PM

7 if any muslim needs a veil its this ugly bastard

Posted by: rob at October 31, 2006 05:21 PM

8 Hey! I was going to dress up as Captain Hook this year....what a copy-cat....

Posted by: Stanley at October 31, 2006 06:03 PM

9 Hamza is a living collection of cancer cells. This ugly bastard likes to wear western sports shoes though...hang on, they're probably made in Indonesia so he's supporting muslim industry.

Posted by: Jester at October 31, 2006 06:08 PM

10 Wow, I really like that pic. The hook is sssoooo cool. And I'd love to give him some advise on were to stick it.

Posted by: Tbird at October 31, 2006 06:55 PM

11 On behalf of the UK, I'd like to apologise for not removing this worthless length of distended rectum from the planet. We should have. I do not believe in police states, I do believe that everyone is entitled to a fair trial -except him. All he needs is a sharp knife and a dark room. We pay the security services enough - a little white van full of shady men should have turned up on his doorstep long ago.

Posted by: Joe Public at October 31, 2006 07:04 PM

12 Muslims must have ugly contests and choose the winners to be their religious leaders. They are truly an ugly people.

Posted by: Greyrooster at October 31, 2006 08:37 PM

13 UglyAND freakin' dumber than dog shit!

Isn't Greg the prez of this turd's fan club?

Posted by: Max Power at October 31, 2006 10:25 PM

14 Islam gives genocide a good name.

Posted by: Hucbald at November 01, 2006 01:47 AM

15 Some people just keep Enjoying halloween

Posted by: Dan at November 01, 2006 03:51 AM

16 http://www.asiantribune.com/index.php?q=node/3000

Posted by: glen at November 03, 2006 03:38 PM






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