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Radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza, 56, was jailed for life in a New York court Friday.
On April 10, 2012, news broke that the UK could finally extradite Islamic Cleric Abu Hamza to the US.
Just why the decision took so long was baffling.
In a separate case retired British businessman Christoper Tappin was shipped off double quick to face a court in the USA and the European Court of Human Rights thought that would be fine and dandy.
April 10 2012 though was a bumper day for extradition decisions as six controversial cases were up for a ruling and in 5 out of the 6 cases the judges agreed the accused could be sent to the US.
Hamza had argued that extradition to the US would be a violation of the European human rights code, which prohibits inhuman and degrading treatment of prisoners. Although Hamza was sent on his way to the US in 2012 in reality there was still some way to go.
We reported that if a further appeal was lodged within the next three months the extradition would be halted once again.
In the end Hamza was found guilty in May 2014 of multiple charges, including hostage-taking and plotting to set up a terrorism training camp in the US but his lawyers have been fighting to get him a mitigating sentence.
His legal team argued that plans to jail Hamza in Colorado's Supermax federal prison would violate assurances the US made to judges in London to secure his 2012 extradition.
The man is missing an eye and part of an arm and his hands.
Federal prison officials will now decide on which jail he will serve his life sentence.
"Judge Katherine Forrest called Abu Hamza's actions "barbaric" and "misguided" and said she was sentencing him to life because she could not think of a time when it would be safe to release him."
Hamza born Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, was convicted on 11 counts, including involvement in a plot to take Western tourists hostages in Yemen in 1998. Three Britons and an Australian died when the Yemeni army launched a rescue bid. Laurence Whitehouse, from Hampshire, UK, escaped but his wife Margaret was killed. "There has been a gross injustice in the length of time taken in bringing these matters to a conclusion." Mr Whitehouse said reports BBC News.
Colorado's Supermax prison