Editorial: No regrets over the departure of Abu Hamza

 

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So it is farewell then to Abu Hamza, provoker of politicians and of the media, who so delighted in demonising him. At least the UK authorities went through due process, all the way to the European Court of Human Rights, although ministers did it with the sourest of faces. They are delighted now that the decision has gone against him, and rightly so. There will be few who will not be glad to see the back of the preacher and his rabid rhetoric.

Which is not the end of the story, of course. Abu Hamza has still to be tried in the US courts and there are still doubts about the justice in sending to the US judicial system Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan, who are accused of supporting terrorism through a London jihadist site. The world does not need more martyrs at this time. So please, America, treat Abu Hamza with dignity and fairness, however galling it may be to do so.

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