UPDATE: Abu Hamza appeared in a New York court on Saturday facing terror charges following his extradition from the UK, but the radical cleric did not enter a plea.

Radical preacher Abu Hamza and four other terrorism suspects have arrived in the United States after being extradited from Britain, US officials confirmed.

The US attorney office in New York said Hamza, Khaled al-Fawwaz and Adel Abdul Bary were in New York City and were expected to appear in court later on Saturday.

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Hamza, along with three others, was deported late on Friday night

The US attorney's office in Connecticut said Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan are scheduled to appear in US District Court in New Haven.

On Friday, Britain's High Court ruled the men had lost their grounds for appeal and within hours they were placed on flights to the US.

They had been fighting extradition for between eight and 14 years.

Hamza is wanted in the US on charges that include conspiring with Seattle men to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon and helping abduct 16 hostages, two of them American tourists, in Yemen in 1998.

He has been in a British jail since 2004 on separate charges of inciting racial hatred and encouraging followers to kill non-Muslims.

Khaled al-Fawwaz and Adel Abdul Bary were indicted with others, including Osama bin Laden, for their alleged roles in the bombings of two US embassies in east Africa in 1998.

Al-Fawwaz faces more than 269 counts of murder.

Ahmad and Ahsan face charges in Connecticut relating to websites that allegedly sought to raise money, recruit fighters and seek equipment for terrorists in Afghanistan and Chechnya.

"I am pleased the decision of the court meant that these men, who used every available opportunity to frustrate and delay the extradition process over many years, could finally be removed," Home Secretary Theresa May said.

"This government has co-operated fully with the courts and pressed at every stage to ensure this happened.

"We have worked tirelessly, alongside the US authorities, the police and the prison service, to put plans in place so that these men could be handed over within hours of the court's decision. It is right that these men, who are all accused of very serious offences, will finally face justice."

The suspects had made last-ditch challenges against removal from the UK which were rejected by two High Court judges in London on Friday.

The five terror suspects were transported from HMP Long Lartin in Worcestershire to RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk in a police convoy which arrived at the base at about 10pm.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police's extradition unit handed the men over to US officials before they were taken aboard two planes which left British soil just before midnight, Scotland Yard said.

Lawyers for Hamza, 54, who has one eye and hooks in place of hands he claims to have lost fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan, argued in court that his deteriorating physical and mental health meant it would be "oppressive" to send him to a US prison.

They said he suffers from depression, chronic sleep deprivation, diabetes and other ailments.

The judges said his conditions could be treated in the US, and concluded that "there is nothing to suggest that extradition in this case would be unjust or oppressive".

While Hamza has been portrayed in the British media as one of the most dangerous men in the country, the case of Babar Ahmad has raised concerns among legal experts and human rights advocates.

Ahmad, a London computer expert, is accused in the US of running terrorist-funding websites.

He and Ahsan both face charges including using a website to provide support to terrorists and conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim or injure persons or damage property in a foreign country.

Ahmad and Ahsan were expected in court in Connecticut today, where an internet service provider was allegedly used to host one of the websites.

Some lawyers and lawmakers have expressed concerns about the case, because Britain agreed to extradite him even though his alleged crimes were committed in Britain and British courts declined to prosecute him for lack of evidence.

In prison since 2004, Ahmad has been held without charge for the longest period of any British citizen detained since the September 11 attacks.

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Hamza left the high security HMP Long Lartin on Friday

In a statement read on his behalf outside court, Ahmad said his case had exposed flaws in US-UK extradition arrangements. "I leave with my head held high, having won the moral victory," he said.

His father, Ashfaq Ahmad, said he would continue to fight for his son.

"It's not just one Babar Ahmad. Tomorrow there will be another Babar Ahmad and another one," he said.

Mrs May said she was looking at ways of speeding up the extradition process.

"It is frustrating, I think everybody is frustrated at how long it has taken to extradite these particular individuals," she told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

"We will look very carefully at the comments that have been made by the Lord Chief Justice and look seriously at this whole process and whether there are too many stages in these processes.

She rejected claims that the delays were in part down to the failure of Home Office officials to expedite proceedings.

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    A man holds a placard calling for the extradition of Abu Hamza as he talks to Hamza supporters outside the High Court in central London, England on October 5, 2012. Radical Islamist preacher Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects are to hear whether they have won their last-ditch legal attempt to halt their extradition to the United States. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A man holds a placard calling for the extradition of Abu Hamza in front of protestors supporting the rights of Babar Ahmda and Talha Ahsan outside the High Court in central London, England on October 5, 2012. The group are calling for the extradition of Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan to be halted and for their trials to be held in the UK. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A man holds a placard calling for the extradition of Abu Hamza in front of protestors supporting the rights of Babar Ahmda and Talha Ahsan outside the High Court in central London, England on October 5, 2012. Radical Islamist preacher Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects are to hear whether they have won their last-ditch legal attempt to halt their extradition to the United States. PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Police clash with supporters of Abu Hamza after members of the group stole a placard from a man who was calling for the extradition of Hamza outside the High Court in central London, England on October 5, 2012. Radical Islamist preacher Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects are to hear whether they have won their last-ditch legal attempt to halt their extradition to the United States. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A man holds a placard calling for the extradition of Abu Hamza as he talks to Hamza supporters outside the High Court in central London, England on October 5, 2012. Radical Islamist preacher Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects are to hear whether they have won their last-ditch legal attempt to halt their extradition to the United States. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Anti-Extradition Demonstrators Outside The Royal Courts Of Justice

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Protestors demonstrate against the intended extradition of Babar Ahmad to the USA on terrorism charges outside the Royal Courts of Justice on October 5, 2012 in London, England. The High Court is due to rule on a last ditch attempt to stop the extradition of Abu Hamza al Masri, Babar Ahmad, Syed Talha Ahsan, Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled al-Fawwaz to the US. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

  • Anti-Extradition Demonstrators Outside The Royal Courts Of Justice

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Protestors demonstrate against the intended extradition of Babar Ahmad to the USA on terrorism charges outside the Royal Courts of Justice on October 5, 2012 in London, England. The High Court is due to rule on a last ditch attempt to stop the extradition of Abu Hamza al Masri, Babar Ahmad, Syed Talha Ahsan, Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled al-Fawwaz to the US. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

  • Anti-Extradition Demonstrators Outside The Royal Courts Of Justice

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Protestors demonstrate against the intended extradition of Babar Ahmad to the USA on terrorism charges outside the Royal Courts of Justice on October 5, 2012 in London, England. The High Court is due to rule on a last ditch attempt to stop the extradition of Abu Hamza al Masri, Babar Ahmad, Syed Talha Ahsan, Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled al-Fawwaz to the US. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

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    A man holds a placard calling for the extradition of Abu Hamza in front of protestors supporting the rights of Babar Ahmda and Talha Ahsan outside the High Court in central London, England on October 5, 2012. The group are calling for the extradition of Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan to be halted and for their trials to be held in the UK. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Anti-Extradition Demonstrators Outside The Royal Courts Of Justice

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Protestors demonstrate against the intended extradition of Babar Ahmad to the USA on terrorism charges outside the Royal Courts of Justice on October 5, 2012 in London, England. The High Court is due to rule on a last ditch attempt to stop the extradition of Abu Hamza al Masri, Babar Ahmad, Syed Talha Ahsan, Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled al-Fawwaz to the US. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

  • Anti-Extradition Demonstrators Outside The Royal Courts Of Justice

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Protestors demonstrate against the intended extradition of Babar Ahmad to the USA on terrorism charges outside the Royal Courts of Justice on October 5, 2012 in London, England. The High Court is due to rule on a last ditch attempt to stop the extradition of Abu Hamza al Masri, Babar Ahmad, Syed Talha Ahsan, Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled al-Fawwaz to the US. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

  • Anti-Extradition Demonstrators Outside The Royal Courts Of Justice

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Protestors demonstrate against the intended extradition of five terror suspects to the USA on terrorism charges outside the Royal Courts of Justice on October 5, 2012 in London, England. The High Court is due to rule on a last ditch attempt to stop the extradition of Abu Hamza al Masri, Babar Ahmad, Syed Talha Ahsan, Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled al-Fawwaz to the US. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

  • Anti-Extradition Demonstrators Outside The Royal Courts Of Justice

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Protestors demonstrate against the intended extradition of Abu Hamza to the USA on terrorism charges outside the Royal Courts of Justice on October 5, 2012 in London, England. The High Court is due to rule on a last ditch attempt to stop the extradition of Abu Hamza al Masri, Babar Ahmad, Syed Talha Ahsan, Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled al-Fawwaz to the US. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

  • Anti-Extradition Demonstrators Outside The Royal Courts Of Justice

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Supporters of radical preacher Abu Hamza argue with a man holding a poster calling for his extradition, outside the Royal Courts of Justice on October 5, 2012 in London, England. The European Court of Human Rights backed the UK's decision to extradite Hamza to the US. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

  • Demonstrators Supporting Babar Ahmad Protest Outside The Royal Courts Of Justice

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: A man holds a poster calling for the extradition of radical preacher Abu Hamza outside the Royal Courts of Justice on October 5, 2012 in London, England. The European Court of Human Rights backed the UK's decision to extradite Hamza to the US. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

  • Demonstrators clash with police officers outside The Royal Courts of Justice in London Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. Britain's High Court is set to rule Friday afternoon on whether radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri and four other terrorist suspects can be extradited to the United States — judgments the government hopes will clear the final hurdle to their removal after years of legal wrangling. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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    Police restrain demonstrators protesting outside the Royal Courts of Justice, in central London, against the proposed extradition of radical preacher Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects.

  • Supporters of Babar Ahmad shows their support outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London where Babar Ahmad is appealing against extradition to the United States on terror charges, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. Last week a European court backed successive British judges in ruling that Abu Hamza al-Masri, Babar Ahmad, Khaled Al-Fawwaz and Adel Abdul Bary could be sent to the U.S. to face charges. The four terrorist suspects are going to Britain's High Court in a last-ditch bid to avoid extradition to the United States. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Demonstrators hold banners outside The Royal Courts of Justice in London Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan, along with Radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri and two other terror suspects are expected to find out today if they have won their latest legal move to avoid extradition from the UK to America for trial on terrorism charges. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Demonstrators clash with police officers outside The Royal Courts of Justice in London Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. Radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects are expected to find out today if they have won their latest legal move to avoid extradition from the UK to America for trial on terrorism charges. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Demonstrators clash with police officers outside The Royal Courts of Justice in London Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. Radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects are expected to find out today if they have won their latest legal move to avoid extradition from the UK to America for trial on terrorism charges. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Demonstrators gather outside The Royal Courts of Justice in London Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. Radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects are expected to find out today if they have won their latest legal move to avoid extradition from the UK to America for trial on terrorism charges. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • A demonstrator against the extradition of Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects runs with a banner after stealing it from a protestor with a different view point, outside The Royal Courts of Justice in London Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. Radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects are expected to find out today if they have won their latest legal move to avoid extradition from the UK to America for trial on terrorism charges. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Demonstrators gather outside The Royal Courts of Justice in London Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. Britain's High Court is set to rule Friday afternoon on whether radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri and four other terrorist suspects can be extradited to the United States — judgments the government hopes will clear the final hurdle to their removal after years of legal wrangling.. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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    Ashfaq Ahmad, father of Babar Ahmad, poses with a banner as he leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in London after hearing his son's appeal against extradition to the United States on terror charges, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. Last week a European court backed successive British judges in ruling that Abu Hamza al-Masri, Babar Ahmad, Khaled Al-Fawwaz and Adel Abdul Bary could be sent to the U.S. to face charges. The four terrorist suspects are going to Britain's High Court in a last-ditch bid to avoid extradition to the United States. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Female demonstrators against the extradition of Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects gather outside The Royal Courts of Justice in London Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. Radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects are expected to find out today if they have won their latest legal move to avoid extradition from the UK to America for trial on terrorism charges. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • A demonstrator holds a banner against the extradition of Adel Abdul Bari, outside The Royal Courts of Justice in London Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. Britain's High Court is set to rule Friday afternoon on whether radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri and four other terrorist suspects can be extradited to the United States — judgments the government hopes will clear the final hurdle to their removal after years of legal wrangling.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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    Muslim cleric Abu Hamza addresses an audience of around 120 during lunchtime prayers outside Finsbury Park Mosque in north London. Mr Hamza today claimed that Home Secretary David Blunkett was acting like a 'Nazi Minister' over new measures allowing the government to strip people of their citizenship. 27/05/2004: Muslim cleric Abu Hamza, 47, who was arrested at his west London home early Thursday May 27, 2004, on an extradition warrant issued by the US government. He will appear appear at Bow Street Magistrates Court, sitting at Belmarsh, later Thursday.

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    Demonstrators protesting outside the Royal Courts of Justice, in central London, against the proposed extradition of radical preacher Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects.

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    Muslim preacher Anjem Choudary joins demonstrators protesting outside the Royal Courts of Justice, in central London, against the proposed extradition of radical preacher Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects.

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    Demonstrators protesting outside the Royal Courts of Justice, in central London, against the proposed extradition of radical preacher Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects.

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    A protester holds a placard supporting the proposed extradition of radical preacher Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects outside the Royal Courts of Justice, in central London.

  • Abu Hamza extradition case

    Demonstrators protesting outside the Royal Courts of Justice, in central London, against the proposed extradition of radical preacher Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects.

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    Demonstrators protesting outside the Royal Courts of Justice, in central London, against the proposed extradition of radical preacher Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects.

  • Hamza awaits extradition ruling

    File photo dated 06/04/03 of radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza who, along with four other terror suspects, are expected to find out if they have won their latest legal move to avoid extradition from the UK to America for trial on terrorism charges.

  • Abu Hamza delays

    File photo dated 25/08/02 of Islamic preacher Abu Hamza whose extradition to the United States has again been put on hold pending a further hearing next week.

  • Abu Hamza Al Masri

    FILE - in this Jan. 20, 1999 file photo, Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri speaks at a press conference in London . Radical preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri and three other terrorist suspects appealed to Britain's High Court Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 in a last-ditch bid to avoid extradition to the United States. Al-Masri’s lawyers said his health is deteriorating and that it would be oppressive to send him to the United States when he is in need of medical tests. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)