Hate preacher Abu Hamza: US prison is too tough


Former Finsbury Park Mosque hate preacher Abu Hamza has demanded that he be returned to the UK as his US prison is too tough.

He has complained that the “inhuman and degrading” conditions in the “supermax” prison in Florence, Colorado “breach his human rights”. Hamza’s lawyers have said he is “hopeful” about his appeal.

The former imam was given a life sentence for terrorism and kidnapping offences in New York in January 2015 and has since been mostly kept in solitary confinement in a special unit, preventing him from contacting most of the outside world.

Court documents submitted under his real name, Mostafa Kamel Mostafa, detail how his “cell-sized cage” is unsuitable for a double-amputee and that “the stumps in both arms are subject to regular outbreaks of infection, which have been increasing in severity.”

The Egyptian-born former imam of Finsbury park mosque, in north London, rose to notoriety in 1997 and was extradited to the US five years ago after the British government spent a decade and almost £1m in legal fees trying to kick him out of the country.