April 27, 2004 |
The government Monday demanded the expulsion of a radical Muslim cleric, Abu Hamza al Masri, a naturalized Briton who is accused of inspiring hatred against the West and giving moral support to terrorists through his inflammatory preaching at a north London mosque. Abu Hamza is the prayer leader at the Finsbury Park mosque where Al Qaeda operatives, including "shoe bomber" Richard Reid and Zacarias Moussaoui, studied and worshipped.
February 8, 2006 |
Britain's best-known Islamic militant, Abu Hamza al Masri, was found guilty Tuesday of encouraging murder and fomenting racial hatred and was sentenced to seven years in prison. The imam of North London's Finsbury Park Mosque from 1997 to 2003, Masri led a radical congregation that included convicted "shoe bomber" Richard Reid and Zacarias Moussaoui, who is facing trial in the U.S. in connection with the Sept. 11 conspiracy. Masri, 47, also is wanted by the United States on terrorism charges.