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Five pre-9/11 al Qaida suspects are headed to United States


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Posted on Friday, October 5, 2012


Five pre-9/11 al Qaida suspects are headed to United States





Where they will not be going - Guantanamo |


By Lindsay Wise and Hannah Allam | McClatchy Newspapers



WASHINGTONA British court on Friday agreed to send five accused terrorists to the United States to stand trial for a wide range of alleged crimes, including the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in East Africa that killed more than 220 people.



The court’s decision cleared the way for what will be among the highest profile terrorism prosecutions in the United States in recent years.


Among the suspects was Abu Hamza al Masri, a one-eyed radical Islamist preacher who is accused of supporting al Qaida. The Egyptian-born Masri, a striking figure with a bushy beard and a hook in place of his missing right hand, could appear before an American judge within days on terror charges that are unusual because many of the alleged crimes predate the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.


Masri, 54, is sought by U.S. prosecutors for his alleged involvement in a deadly kidnapping in Yemen and in plans for a militant training camp in Oregon. His tirades against the West, including voicing support for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, reportedly inspired several high-profile militants, such as the so-called “20th hijacker,” Zacarias Moussaoui.


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