Archive: Cleric Abu Hamza faces 16 criminal charges


Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri has been charged with 16 offences including soliciting to murder and possession of a terrorist document.

He appeared at the magistrates' court at Belmarsh prison, where he has been held since May at the request of the US, who hope to extradite him.

Mr Abu Hamza is accused of encouraging people at public meetings to murder Jews and other non-believers in Islam.

The Egyptian-born cleric has always denied any involvement in terrorism. Margaret Gilmore reports.

First broadcast 19 October 2004.

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