Hate preacher Abu Hamza is demanding that he is moved to a softer prison for care because his arms are ‘infected.’
The radical Islamist cleric is facing U.S. terrorism charges after finally been extradited from Britain after an eight-year legal battle last year and is being held in Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan.
His lawyer Joshua Dratel told reporters after a pretrial conference: ‘The MCC can’t provide him with the facilities he needs.’
‘His arms are infected, and this is an issue that needs to be resolved at a medical centre,’ said Lindsay Lewis, a lawyer representing Abu Hamza, reported the New York Daily News.
The Egyptian-born preacher, lost his hands and left eye after mine exploded while he was fighting the Soviet army in Afghanistan.
U.S. authorities refused to allow him to wear metal hooks in place of his missing hands and he was issued a device that is a cross between a spoon and fork.
In March his lawyers said not enough was being done to help him, prompting a federal judge to say prison was ‘not a hotel and so you don’t get clean sheets and everything on demand’.
On Monday US District Judge Katherine Forrest pushed back the New York terrorism trial – it was originally scheduled for March, but a new date was set for April 14 after being requested by prosecutors.
Mustafa, better known by the name Abu Hamza, is missing his arms just below the elbows.
Prosecutors say Mustafa conspired with Seattle men to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon.
They also say he helped to abduct two American tourists and 14 others in Yemen in 1998.
He has pleaded not guilty.
Yesterday it was claimed that French spies were so fed up with Britain harbouring terrorists that they hatched a plot to assassinate Abu Hamza on a London street.
Security officials were intending to kill the hook-handed cleric with a rifle while posing as members of the extremist group Combat 18.
The French intelligence service, Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure (DGSE), also hatched a separate plot to kidnap Hamza from outside his west London home and bundle him on a ferry to France.
They were concerned Algerian terrorists were planning an attack on the 1998 football World Cup and wanted to remove the hate preacher from circulation.
His ranting sermons outside the Finsbury Park mosque in north London were considered an inspiration to Algerian fanatics. The capital became known as ‘Londonistan’ – with French officials concerned the UK police and security services were not doing enough to combat Islamist extremism.
The claims are made by the HOPE not Hate anti-extremist think-tank and campaign group in a report on banned terror group al-Muhajiroun, which had strong ties to Hamza.
The report’s author, Nick Lowles, writes: ‘One plot hatched by French intelligence that has, until now, not previously come to light, was the idea of assassinating Abu Hamza in London.
‘The plan was to impersonate the British Nazi group Combat 18 and then allow them to take the blame.
‘In the immediate aftermath of the London nail-bombings, the French considered sending death threats in the style of C18 and then killing him with the same type of weaponry that the group was thought to possess.
‘However, as with the kidnap plan, the assassination attempt was aborted and it is unclear how advanced the planning of either idea progressed.’
On the kidnapping plot, in the build-up to the 1998 World Cup, Mr Lowles, a respected and long-standing campaigner, writes: ‘Angered by the inaction of Special Branch and MI5 in the UK, there was serious talk of [the French] taking matters into their own hands.
‘He would be nabbed on the street, forced into the back of a van and then driven to Dover and snuck on to a French ferry.
‘It is also known that a team of assassins from Draco, a DGSE unit, was considering taking out senior terrorists.’
The report said al-Muhajiroun, co-founded by hate preacher Anjem Choudary – can be linked to jihad and terror attacks at home and abroad. Seventy people convicted of terrorism or terrorist-related offences in the UK, or who have died abroad over the past 14 years, have been linked to the organisation.
The group has allegedly sent hundreds of British citizens to war zones across the globe, including 50 to 80 people fighting in Syria. Several hundred al-Muhajiroun volunteers have travelled to train or fight in Pakistan or Afghanistan.
The group is also said to have encouraged supporters to go to Somalia and Yemen – with several rising to leading positions in Somali terror group al-Shabaab.
Mr Lowles says he has identified links between the infamous ‘White Widow’ – Samantha Lewthwaite – and Anjem Choudary.
Neither France’s Interior Ministry, nor the DGSE intelligence service, would comment on the alleged plan to kill Hamza, who is in a US jail awaiting trial on charges of running a terrorist training camp.
He was extradited last year after a lengthy £1million legal battle.
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