Yemen renews calls for extradition of Abu Hamza al-Masri [Archives:2005/871/Front Page]

August 25 2005

By Adel al-Khawlani
Yemen Times Staff

SANA'A- Monday August 22 – Yemen has renewed its calls on British authorities to extradite Abu Hamzah al-Masri for trial in a Yemeni court for his alleged involvement in terrorist acts in Yemen, said well-informed sources at the Yemeni Foreign Ministry.

It appears Yemen renewed its calls for the extradition of the terrorist after the British government legislated to expel terrorists or 'those who would incite terrorism' from UK territory.

Yemen, a source informs us, has prepared a file for the British authorities with charges against Abu Hamzah and evidence to prove his involvement in terrorist acts. This includes his support of the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army, infamous for its' many offensives against tourists and foreign interests. However, the outcome of the extradition appeal will largely depend upon a British assessment of jail conditions in Yemen with specific reference to the use of torture.

Yemen's calls for the extradition of Abu Hamza Al-Masri came just two months after the London bombings and the issuance of new British legislations with respect to expelling terror elements from its territories.