Syria break­ing cease­fire vow

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By SI­MON DEAN

FRESH clashes have bro­ken out in Syria de­spite the pass­ing of a Un-backed dead­line for a com­plete with­drawal of gov­ern­ment troops and weapons.

Shelling has been re­ported in Homs and ar­eas of north­ern Aleppo prov­ince, and un­rest in the cap­i­tal Da­m­as­cus.

Rights groups said 11 peo­ple had been killed.

Syria’s For­eign Min­is­ter Walid Muallem, in Rus­sia for talks, said Da­m­as­cus had taken steps to ad­here to the plan by pulling out some troops.

He blamed “armed gangs” for the con­tin­u­ing vi­o­lence as Bri­tain ac­cused Syria of de­cep­tion. PAN­TOMIME baddy preacher Abu Hamza faces spend­ing the rest of his days in soli­tary af­ter he and four hot­head pals lost their ap­peals against ex­tra­di­tion to the U.S.

Judges in Stras­bourg dra­mat­i­cally ruled that hook-handed loon Hamza must be ex­tra­dited to the States, where he could face the rest of his life in one of their no­to­ri­ous “su­per­max” jails.

The rul­ing stated that the five men would not be sub­ject to ‘ill-treat­ment’ in the U.S. The Euro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights re­jected the men’s claims that their hu­man rights would be breached by leav­ing the UK.

The men had moaned that prison con­di­tions and jail terms across the Pond would ex­pose them to ‘tor­ture or in­hu­man or de­grad­ing treat­ment or pun­ish­ment’ in breach of the Euro­pean hu­man rights code.

David Cameron said he was ‘very pleased’ that Hamza’s ex­tra­di­tion can go ahead.

Speak­ing dur­ing a trade mis­sion to South East Asia, the Prime Min­is­ter said: “I am very pleased with the news. It is quite right we have proper le­gal pro­cesses, although some­times one can get frus­trated with how long they take.

“I think it is im­por­tant that the de­por­ta­tion and ex­pul­sion ar­range­ments are promp and proper, par­tic­u­larly when peo­ple are ac­cused of ex­tremely se­ri­ous crimes.”


Home Sec­re­tary Theresa May said the Gov­ern­ment ‘will work to en­sure the sus­pects are handed over to the U.S. au­thor­i­ties as quickly as pos­si­ble’.

Egyp­tian-born Hamza is wanted in the States on 11 charges re­lated to the tak­ing of 16 hostages in Ye­men in 1998, urg­ing vi­o­lence in Afghanistan in 2001, and con­spir­ing to set up a ji­had train­ing camp in Ore­gon.

He was jailed in the UK for seven years in 2006 for preach­ing hate and in­cit­ing mur­der at Fins­bury Park Mosque in North London. He is cur­rently in Bel­marsh prison.

Four other men will also face tri­als, in­clud­ing Baba Ah­mad and Seyla Ah­san, who are ac­cused of con­spir­acy to com­mit atroc­i­ties over­seas and sup­port­ing ter­ror groups.

HALF-BAKED HAMZA: Hate preacher rated

his rights above vic­tims

of ter­ror

BARS FOR BABA: Ah­mad ( could wind up in a su­per­max nick in the States

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