On 24 September Abu Hamza's appeal against extradition failed. He is expected to be sent to America soon. The Radical cleric was jailed in the UK for seven years for soliciting murder and inciting racial hatred in February 2006.
He is currently being held in the maximum-security Belmarsh prison in Woolwich, south-east London. It has been suggested that racial abuse of his son turned him into a critic of Western life.
In 1990 he divorced his wife and returned to Egypt where he reinvented himself as a Muslim "holy man" or sheikh. He travelled to Pakistan and then on to Afghanistan which was at the time gripped by civil war as differing factions fought to fill the power vacuum left by the retreat of Russian troops.
It is unclear if he fought there but when he returned to the UK with his British passport in the early 1990s he was missing his right hand and an eye. He claims he lost the hand fighting jihad in Afghanistan.