Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri wanted a caliph sitting in the White House and said Hitler was sent into the world because Jews were blasphemous

Michael Holden:

Hamza, 47, is the most high-profile figure to go on trial in Britain on charges of incitement to murder and stirring up racial hatred since the September 11 2001 attacks on Washington and New York.

Prosecutor David Perry said the Egyptian-born cleric used public meetings at the Finsbury Park mosque in north London to incite his followers to kill non-Muslims.

"The prosecution case is, in one sentence, that Sheik Abu Hamza was preaching murder and hatred in these talks," Perry told the Old Bailey court.

"He makes calls for a world dominated by a caliph, sitting, as he puts it, in the White House," Perry said.

"In one of his lectures, he accused the Jews of being blasphemous, treacherous and dirty. This, because of their treachery and their blasphemy and their filth, was why Hitler was sent into the world," Perry said.

Hamza faces nine counts of using public meetings to incite his followers to kill non-Muslims and four other charges that he urged the killing of Jews.

He is also accused of using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour with intent to stir up racial hatred, along with one charge of possessing threatening, abusive or insulting sound recordings, and another count under anti-terrorism laws.

The charges relate to nine video tapes seized when Hamza was arrested on May 27, 2004. Eight were at his home and one was at another address. The tapes were among 2,700 audio and 570 video tapes seized.

Perry said Hamza also had in his possession a encyclopaedia of Afghani Jihad that ran for 10 volumes.

"It was a manual that would assist any person who was likely to be involved in the preparation or actual carrying out of terrorism activity," Perry said.

He said the manual explained how to make explosives and gave detailed instructions on assassination methods.

In outlining the prosecution's case, Perry told the jury they will hear how Hamza told his followers it was their "religious duty to fight in the cause of Allah, God."

The prosecutor said Hamza had frequently made clear that leaders of Arab nations who were friendly to the West and Israel were legitimate targets.

If found guilty, Hamza, who lost both hands and an eye, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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