‘Extremist Islamic’ Cleric Abu Hamza Sentenced…

The radical cleric plotted to set up an al Qaeda training camp in the US state of Oregon and help hostage-takers in Yemen.

A New York judge has told radical preacher Abu Hamza he is “evil” as she sentenced him to life in prison for supporting terrorist organisations.

The 56-year-old was found guilty of 11 charges last May, including a plot to establish an al Qaeda training camp in the US state of Oregon.

He was also convicted of providing a satellite phone and advice to Yemeni militants who kidnapped Western tourists in 1998.

Judge Katherine Forrest told Hamza: “Evil comes in many forms but doesn’t always show itself immediately in all its darkness…

“There is a side of you which this court believes is evil.”

Video: May 2014 Abu Hamza Found Guilty

The judge said that inciting others to commit violence and providing support to terrorists is “obviously unacceptable in a civilised society. It’s barbaric, it’s misguided, it is wrong”.

She continued: “I don’t have any reason to believe you have any remorse for your actions.

“I have every reason to believe that if you were free you would do it again.”

Sky News’ Hannah Thomas-Peter, who was in the Manhattan court for Friday’s hearing, said that as he was sentenced, Hamza sat up straight, looked at the judge and nodded that he understood.

The cleric, who wore blue prison clothes, addressed the court shortly before he learned his fate.

He said that even a lenient sentence would “consume the rest of his life”, and pleaded that he be housed in a specialist medical facility.

Hamza asked the court that his incarceration not be a “back door for a slow-motion crucifixion, not a back door for torture”.

He also said his prison conditions “should not compromise my health and safety, it should not put me under stress”.

Hamza complained about his last two-and-a-half years in the Manhattan holding prison.

“I’ve been coerced to do things no disabled should be asked to do,” he said.

“This is torture. When the cuts happen, when the pain happens, when the stress happens.”

He also said his family was innocent and accused the authorities of using him to torture them.

Hamza finished his statement by making a plea in the courtroom, just a few blocks from Ground Zero, that “the victims of all wars get together … and investigate how the (Twin) Towers collapsed”.

Video: Archive: Terror Camp In Oregon

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