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UK’s Cameron calls for faster extraditions

May 20, 2014

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday he will seek to make extradition faster after the conviction in New York of radical cleric Mustafa Kamel Mustafa on terrorist charges.

He told BBC Radio 4 that it took too long for Britain to extradite the cleric, known in Britain as Abu Hamza and remembered for his fiery, anti-Western sermons at the Finsbury Park Mosque in North London.

He said it had taken 10 years for Hamza to be sent to the United States to face justice.

“I think we should reflect on whether we can extradite faster,” he said, calling for faster deportation rules as well.

Mustafa was found guilty Monday of supporting terrorist organizations and planning to open an al-Qaida training camp in Oregon.

The Egyptian-born Mustafa will be sentenced in September. He faces a possible life sentence in the United States.

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