UK: Muslim anti-gay cleric Abu Hamza launches new appeal

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Abu Hamza has launched a last minute High Court appeal to avoid extradition to the US on terror charges.

The application comes after the European Court of Human Rights yesterday rejected a bid by the radical cleric and four other suspects to halt their cases.

The Home Office said the extradition would happen “as quickly as possible”.

Hamza had previously said AIDS had been sent as a curse for gay people and he also claimed that transgender people were cursed too.

Hamza is wanted over allegations he plotted to set up a terrorist training camp in the US and was involved in kidnapping Western hostages in Yemen.

According to the Mirror, in 2007, he launched a complaint after learning that his former care nurse happened to be a gay man.

Lawyers for Hamza reportedly wrote to the prison service to demand a replacement and claimed his religious human rights were being breached due to the man’s sexuality.

Hamza has a hook instead of a right hand, and requires help from a nurse to wash and dress.

He previously declared that if the state did not stop homosexuality “some people have to stop it. People will be killed, no problem”.

Hamza was convicted and jailed for seven years on charges of inciting murder and stirring up racial hatred in the UK in 2006.