UK: Muslim cleric convicted of soliciting murder

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February 7, 2006 15:21

 
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A jury in Britain convicted radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri on Tuesday of fomenting racial hatred and inciting followers to kill non-Muslims. Al-Masri, 47, the former imam at London's Finsbury Park mosque was also found guilty of possessing a terrorist document as well as threatening or abusive recordings. Al-Masri, Britain's best-known Islamist orator, could receive a maximum sentence of life in prison. The jury of seven men and five women found al-Masri guilty on seven of nine charges of soliciting murder. He was also convicted on two of four charges of stirring racial hatred. Though asked to stand for the reading of the verdict, the firebrand preacher immediately sat down once the first guilty verdict was pronounced by the jury's foreman.

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