¡¡LONDON, Aug. 26 (Xinhuanet) -- British police Thursday arrested radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri under the Terrorism Actat a prison in southeast London where the cleric was already jailed under a US extradition warrant.
"We can confirm that a 47-year-old man was arrested this morning under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism," a police spokesman said.
Local media, quoting police sources, confirmed the man was Abu Hamza. The cleric has been detained in the high-security Belmarsh prison in London since he was arrested on May 27 at the request of the US authorities which charged him with 11 terror-related counts of crimes.
The US authorities accused Abu Hamza of being involved in an attack killing four hostages in Yemen in 1998. Other charges accused him of providing support and resources for terrorists, particularly al-Qaeda and of setting up a terror training camp in Oregon.
Abu Hamza's legal team has insisted he will not get a fair hearing if he is extradited to the United States.The Egyptian-born cleric, who is one of Britain's best known Islamic radicals, is already at the center of deportation battle with the British Home Office, which wants to remove his UK citizenship gained through marriage in 1981.
His lawyer has argued that stripping him of citizenship would leave him stateless and would be a breach of his human rights. The cleric, who also is wanted in Yemen on charges of orchestrating terrorism there from Britain, denies any involvementin violence and says he is only a spokesman for political causes. Enditem