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Blunkett defends UK Hamza probe

Home Secretary David Blunkett has defended the UK’s actions over radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza, who is facing 11 terror charges in the US. The US aims to get the preacher extradited to face charges including hostage taking and supporting al-Qaeda. “Obviously if we had that evidence and it related to our country, we would have been able to take action through our courts,” Mr Blunkett told the BBC. He said UK information had led to a bid to withdraw Mr Hamza’s citizenship. “There has been controversy about what Abu Hamza has been doing, what he has been up to, what he has been saying in particular,” Mr Blunkett told Radio 4’s Today programme. That had prompted the withdrawal of citizenship currently being fought by the cleric through the courts, the home secretary said. Full Story

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