NEW YORK (AFP) – British hate preacher Abu Hamza, convicted on 11 counts of terrorism and kidnapping, will likely face the rest of his life behind bars when sentenced by a US judge on Friday.
The imam, blind in one eye and a double-hand amputee, became a tabloid bogeyman in Britain for preaching vitriolic, anti-American sermons at the Finsbury Park mosque in north London.
Judge Katherine Forrest is scheduled to sentence the 56-year-old at 10am in the same Manhattan courtroom where he was found guilty eight months ago on May 19 after a four-week trial.
He confessed on the stand to loving al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden and compared himself to Irish republican leader Gerry Adams.
It took the jury just 12 hours to convict him of facilitating the 1998 abduction of 16 Western tourists in Yemen, providing material support to al-Qaeda, assisting the Taleban and sending terror recruits to Afghanistan.