Radical preacher can hold on to UK passport: Court

An immigration tribunal has ruled that a radical Muslim preacher wanted in the United States can hold on to his British passport.

London: An immigration tribunal has ruled that a radical Muslim preacher wanted in the United States can hold on to his British passport.

One of the country`s best-known Islamist radicals, Abu Hamza Al-Masri is blind in one eye and has hooks in place of the hands he says he lost fighting Soviet troops in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

He was found guilty of inciting racial hatred and encouraging followers to kill non-Muslims in 2006 and is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence in the U.K. American officials want to extradite and try him on separate charges of helping to set up an al-Qaida training camp in rural Oregon.

It wasn`t immediately clear what impact Friday`s decision would have on the extradition.

Bureau Report