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Blunkett defends arrest of radical preacher

An attempt to extradite the radical Muslim preacher Abu Hamza from Britain to the United States using a controversial fast-track system was defended yesterday by David Blunkett. The Home Secretary also indicated that he was preparing to introduce new laws that allow greater use of phone bugging evidence in future court cases. This was in response to the 11 charges cited by the US authorities on Thursday in support of the extradition, which included satellite-phone evidence that allegedly links Mr Hamza with kidnappers in Yemen. He is also accused of plotting to set up al-Qa’ida training camps. If sent to trial in the US and convicted he could spend the rest of his life in jail. Mr Blunkett said Mr Hamza was being extradited on the basis of US evidence about activities in the state of Oregon, and Afghanistan and Yemen. Full Story

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