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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Buh-bye Hamza

Half cleric/Half pirate Abu Hamza el Masry was just convicted for his support terrorism charges, and now our boy is going to jail. What, I can't make fun of the fact that he has one eye and a hook-hand? Boohoo. The man encouraged people to blow themselves up. Yeah, sandmonkey, please don't make fun of those people who want us all dead. It's insensitive. Blahhh... Anyway, where was I? Yeah, he is going to jail. Woohooooooooo Terrorism-related charges against the one-eyed, hook-handed cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri also are pending in the United States. In Washington, Justice Department spokesman Bryan Sierra said: "The United States stands ready to resume the extradition proceedings against Abu Hamza when British law allows."

The jury found al-Masri guilty of 11 of 15 charges against him, including soliciting murder, stirring racial hatred, possessing a terrorist document and possessing threatening or abusive recordings.

Al-Masri, Britain's best-known Islamist orator, was sentenced to seven years in prison for soliciting murder, the most serious charge. He faced a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

The cleric will serve his sentences on the other charges concurrently.

Judge Anthony Hughes told the cleric that he helped persuade his followers that they had a "moral and religious duty" to kill.

"You used your authority to legitimize anger and to encourage your audiences to believe that it gave rise to a duty to murder," Hughes told al-Masri.

Though asked to stand for the reading of the verdict, the 47-year-old cleric immediately sat down once the first guilty verdict was read out.

A supporter in the public gallery shouted "God bless you, Sheik Hamza!" as the cleric was led out of the courtroom. Others shouted to him in Arabic.

Ok, whoever shouted that better be watched by the British police. Just saying.


At 2/07/2006 03:27:00 PM, Anonymous elengil said...

I wonder if Denmark will charge similarly the cleric who added 3 fake 'cartoons' in order to incite protests in the Middle-East?

At 2/07/2006 04:12:00 PM, Blogger Mr Holger said...

Well, I hope Hamza will find some nice big blokes, in there, who's been a little short in the love-department, if you know what I mean, knudge, knudge...

At 2/07/2006 04:38:00 PM, Blogger Papa Ray said...

..."soliciting murder, stirring racial hatred,..."

I thought it was "cultural hatred"? The murder part should have gotten him 15-20 years by it self.

BYW, what about the thousands of others that are doing the same thing, all over the world, and they are not all Muslims.

Papa Ray
West Texas

At 2/07/2006 09:49:00 PM, Blogger programmer craig said...

Every time I see that picture I just wanna go "Aaaarrr! Avast thaaarrr, matey!!"... I wonder if they'll let him keep the hook, in prison?

Concurrently... that sucks, that means the other sentences run at the same time as the most serious one, so he'll be out in 2 years. I hope Guantanamo is still open by then, when he faces charges in the US...


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