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UK's Cameron calls for faster extraditions

Tuesday - 5/20/2014, 6:20am  ET

FILE - In this April 30, 2004 file photo, Muslim cleric Mustafa Kamel Mustafa arrives with a masked bodyguard to conduct Friday prayers in the street outside the closed Finsbury Park Mosque in London. The 55-year-old Egyptian cleric, who also goes by the alias Abu Hamza al-Masri, was found guilty on Monday, May 19, 2014 in federal court in New York of providing material support to terrorist organizations. (AP Photo/Max Nash, File)

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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